Triplett Tech class visits memorial

Triplett Tech criminal justice students recently visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Shown here are, from left standing, Taylor Hollifield, Cody Cline, Evie DeCourcy-Fedder, Dylan Collins, Skylar Robinson, Jessica Holcombe, Natalia Venture, Brittany Argueta, James Gerhardt, Liam Kesner, and Tyler Mongold. From left, kneeling, are Hayley Moore, Lily Neff, Carly Boyce, Jillian Huhn, and Trey Lam. Courtesy photo

Students from Triplett Technical School’s Criminal Justice class visited the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial on Oct. 24 in Washington, D.C. The memorial bears the names of over 21,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

The class is taught by retired Miami Police Maj. Donna Kinsey, who spoke to the class about her experience in burying three colleagues during her 29-year career. She etched the name of one of the officers, Detective Sgt. Steven E. Bauer, who was shot and killed by robbery suspects in 1992.

Kinsey said she wanted the students to learn about the risks officers face each day while keeping  communities safe. In pursuit of that goal, each student researched a fallen officer from any state, learning the officers’ positions in their department, how they lost their lives in the line of duty – known as the “End of Watch,” and the family they left behind. Students etched each of the officer’s names from the wall and shared their officer’s story with fellow students. Those stories and etchings will be displayed in the halls of Triplett Tech through mid-November.