GREENVILLE— The annual Back the Blue Memorial Ceremony paid tribute to police officers across the country who’ve died in the line of duty.
Held at the Darke County Fairgrounds on Saturday, the event featured multiple performers Dave Bray USA and Hannah Ellis, and multiple speakers as well.
The ceremony was supposed to start at 5:30 p.m., however it was delayed due to inclement weather that passed through the fairgrounds.
There were numerous law enforcement agencies present both near and far.
The agency farthest away was Officer Quincy Smith from Matthews Police Department in North Carolina. Officer Smith told his story of him being shot multiple times and surviving the incident. Widow Katie DeSimone spoke about the death of her former husband, Daniel Ellis who was a police officer for Richmond Police Department in Richmond, KY.
In Nov. 2015 Officer Daniel Ellis was shot and killed in the line of duty. After Katie DeSimone told her story, Hannah Ellis, cousin of Daniel Ellis took the stage and performed her song titled “Officer Down.”
Dave Bray USA also performed a few songs that he wrote. There numerous law enforcement police chiefs who announced the names of officers killed in the line of duty in 2021.
Retired Montgomery County Deputy Del Braund played Amazing Grace on his bagpipes.
Sponsors for the event included Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Edwin F. Nickol Monuments, Spirit Medical Transport, MM Defense and Shaun M. Hayes of Berkshire Hathaway.