Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel has been asked by the Police Officers Memorial Foundation of Cook County President Edward T. Sajdak to deliver the keynote speech at the 14th Annual Memorial Ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Cermak Woods Forest Preserve, 7601 West Ogden Ave. in Lyons.

Weitzel stated, “It is my honor to be asked to deliver a keynote speech to honor police officers killed in the line of duty. The Police Officers Memorial Foundation of Cook County has established an important tradition of honoring our deceased officers during national police week. It is my privilege every day to work alongside dedicated law enforcement officers throughout Cook County and the State of Illinois. It is fitting each year to take time to pause and reflect on the work of our police officers and to remember those whom we have lost.”

The event will take place rain or shine and all area police departments and residents of Cook County area are encouraged to attend this ceremony.