MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Nearly 78 years after being killed on duty, Special Deputy C. Arthur Lyman will receive national attention for making the ultimate sacrifice.
Lyman’s name will be inscribed in the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. at a candlelight vigil on Sunday, May 13.
Lyman was killed on May 22, 1934 during a Minneapolis labor strike, when he was struck over the head during a riot which injured 44 others. He left behind a wife and four young children.
Although Lyman has been honored every year since his death in an annual public ceremony held by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the May 13 ceremony in Washington D.C. will be his first national recognition.
Hennepin County Sheriff Rick Stanek believes this honor is well overdue.
“Our deputy gave his life while working on behalf of public safety and he deserves to be honored in Hennepin County and in our nation’s capitol,” said Stanek. “The passage of time will never diminish the sacrifice he made and it will never lessen the loss his family has dealt with over these past decades.”
Two members of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard are traveling to Washington D.C. during several upcoming ceremonies that will pay tribute to Special Deputy Lyman and all of the fallen during National Police Week.
An estimated 20,000 people attend the event each year. The candlelight vigil honoring Lyman, among others, will be streamed live over the internet.
The annual Hennepin County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 18 at noon at the Public Service Level of the Hennepin County Government Center in Downtown Minneapolis. This event is open to the public.
More information about Police Week can be found here.