An open letter to the Kenai community:

Posted: Friday, May 21, 2004

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15th National Peace Officers Memorial Day, with the entire week being National Police Week. During this time the nation pays tribute to those law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice and Washington, D.C., plays host to a two-day Survivors Conference and numerous other honorary events.

Late last year, our community lost a well-loved and respected member of the Kenai Police Department when Officer John Watson was killed in the line of duty on December 25, 2003.

Many of you have voiced your desire to create a memorial to John and his contribution to our city, so for the month of May, the Kenai Chamber of Commerce has established a memorial fund in his name at First National Bank of Alaska, Wells Fargo, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union and KeyBank.

The Watson family and the Kenai Police Department will determine at a future date how best to utilize these funds for a fitting memorial.

John committed his life to making our city a safe place to live, and we know that as a community we can come together to achieve this goal. All donations are tax deductible, so next time you are at your bank, please consider a contribution.

Your love and generosity is greatly appreciated.

Tim Navarre, president Kenai Chamber of CommerceKenai Police Chief Chuck KoppKenai Mayor John Williams

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