We pray that these officers never have to put their skills to the test in another line-of-duty funeral, but it was clear that they are well prepared if the time should come.
ODMP strongly encourages all agencies to collaborate in their Honor Guard training; whether that means attending a FCPD or similar seminar, or meeting with neighboring agencies to formalize protocols and support for each other before that kind of organization is needed. (ODMP's mourning band protocol, authored by Lt. Baine, may be a good starting point for some.)
Thanks again to FCPD Honor Guard Commander, Lt. Baine, and all of the attendees of this year's seminar, for inviting us to observe what you do.
All photos by Donna Spiewak.