By Daniel Brunty
The Webster Progress-Times
Even weeks after the tragic passing of Eupora Police Officer Keith Crenshaw, love and support for the Crenshaw family is still being shown in all types of ways.
Police Chief Gregg Hunter and Mayor Dan Burchfield, on Nov. 18, were proud to present Keith’s father, Larry Crenshaw, with awards from the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in honor of the late officer.
The first award was the American Police Hall of Fame Medal of Honor Award plaque, which reads:
“American Police Hall of Fame Medal of Honor Award
“Presented in memory of Keith Crenshaw
who in performance of his duties as a public safety officer gave his life on October 23, 2013 protecting life and property, that we dedicate ourselves to his memory and supreme sacrifice he made.
“This Posthumous Award is public recognition of the honor in which we will forever honor him by etching his name in the Police Hall of Fame Memorial so that his sacrifice, his dedication to humanity and justice will always be remembered by generations to come”
The award also came with an actual Medal of Honor and a $1,000 donation to the Keith Crenshaw Memorial Fund. Larry Crenshaw also accepted on behalf of his late son the American Police Hall of Fame Family Survivor Badge.
The American Police Hall of Fame and Museum is the nation’s first national police museum and memorial dedicated to American law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The memorial lists more than 8,000 officers who were killed in the line of duty. Their names are permanently etched on the memorial’s marble walls, which are added to once a year for Police Memorial Day.
On Police Memorial Day (May 15) the memorial hosts thousands of police officers, family survivors and dignitaries. The event is a somber reminder that every 57 hours, a police officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in America.