The Paul D. Giamanco Memorial Scholarship was created in loving memory of Paul D. Giamanco, father of Carroll High School Principal PJ Giamanco.
The elder Giamanco was passionate about education and fully supported his son’s career choice to make a difference in the lives of young people through the intellectual and academic pursuit of excellence.
Mr. Giamanco died on Nov. 14, 2016, after a lengthy illness, but his strength, character, passion, and resilient spirit live on through the lives of his beloved children and grandchildren. This memorial scholarship honors the life of Paul Giamanco by encouraging Carroll Senior High School graduates who are pursuing a career in education and will be awarded at the Senior Awards Assembly.
Paul Dennis Giamanco was born Feb. 24, 1942 in New York. He attended St. John’s University in New York for his undergraduate degree and then attended University of Toledo, Ohio for law school. Paul then moved to St. Louis, Missouri and served in the FBI.
After his years in law enforcement Paul moved to Mt. Vernon, Illinois where he practiced law for many years helping countless people obtain justice and peace. Later in life he taught in a variety of teaching positions at Mt. Vernon Township High School, where again he inspired and coached numerous teens on their life journey.
He was involved in countless community and state organizations that assisted in providing a better community for everyone he came in contact with throughout his life.
Most of these centered around education as he worked as a local school board president, assisted with a student Mock Trial team, worked as president of the county housing board, ran various athletic teams for the local YMCA, and worked with numerous legal bar associations. In the end he always fought for education and pushed each of his children to grow to their max through their academic studies.
As part of National Police Memorial Week, law enforcement agencies all across the country have held ceremonies to honor fallen officers. On Thursday, May 19th, Southlake Police Officers paused to honor our brothers and sisters in blue who have died in the line of duty.
Every year, the second week of May is set aside to honor the fallen men and women of law enforcement. This tradition was set in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy established Police Officer Memorial Week to provide special recognition to law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.
Southlake Police Officers paid tribute to fallen officers, 128 of whom died in the line of duty in 2015, 12 of them in Texas. “These were warriors who ran towards violence; placing the safety of others above their own,” said Police Chief James Brandon. “It is important that we never forget the sacrifice so many law enforcement officers and their families have made while keeping our communities safe and protecting us from those who would do us harm,” Brandon added.
A Police Officer Memorial service is a solemn occasion in which the memories of the fallen law enforcement warriors are honored. We mourn their loss and ultimately society’s loss and by doing so, we pay tribute to their sacrifice and acknowledge their dedication to duty. Police Officers find solace in these words that are inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. “It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.”
We are grateful to the citizens of Southlake for their unwavering support and to our City leadership including; Mayor Laura Hill, our City Council Members, Crime Control Prevention District Board members who attended today’s ceremony.
Please check out our DPS Facebook site for more pictures and video of the ceremony. Southlake Police Memorial
The public is invited to attend the annual Police Officers Memorial this Thursday at 9:00 a.m. at our DPS North training facility at 100 East Dove Road. (For those who may not have recieved notice of the change of location, the ceremony was moved from the Rustin Pavilion to the DPS auditorium due to impending weather.)
This event falls during National Police Week, which President John F. Kennedy proclaimed in 1962 as the week of May 15, which is National Peace Officers Memorial Day.
The ceremony will honor all of the fallen police officers who have died in the line of duty across the country. Since the first recorded police death in 1791, there have been over 20,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
We hope you will be able to join us as we pay tribute to our fallen heroes.
May 12th – 18th, 2013 has been designated Police Officer Memorial Week to honor fallen officers across the country. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day along with the week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
Crime fighting takes a very special individual, one who would sacrifice their life to help another. Since the first recorded police death in 1791, there have been over 19,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Currently, there are 19,981 names engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. More than 1,500 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 57 hours or 154 per year. There were 120 law enforcement officers killed in 2012; and Texas has lost more officers than any other state with a total of 1,653 officer deaths. There are currently more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States, which is the highest number ever. About 12 percent of those are female.
On Thursday, May 16, 2013 the City of Southlake’s Police Department will host a ceremony to commemorate fallen officers at the Rustin Pavilion in Town Square at 10:00 a.m. with a proclamation to be read by Mayor John Terrell. The Memorial Ceremony will be an occasion to not only honor law enforcement personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice, but also a time to thank Southlake Police Officers and Officers everywhere who protect and serve their communities.
The week of May 15th is set aside each year as a time to pay tribute and honor the men and women in Law Enforcement who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. As part of National Police Memorial Week, Southlake’s Department of Public Safety Police Services will join all of law enforcement and wear a black mourning band over their police badges to remember those brave souls who have laid down their lives in the service of others.
Southlake DPS Police Chief Stephen Mylett has also designated Police Memorial Day, on Tuesday, May 15th, as Uniform Day in observance of this solemn occasion. All officers have been directed to wear their police uniform as a show of solidarity. Chief Mylett says, “We owe a debt of gratitude to the officers who have come before us and who have died protecting the lives of the innocent. We will never forget these brave men and women who leave family members behind. We salute the officers who continue to carry on the tradition of protecting and serving the citizens of Southlake and this great Nation.”
The week of May 15th was established as Police Memorial Week on October 1, 1962 by a joint resolution of the 87th Congress of the United States of America. Law Enforcement agencies all across the country have lowered their flags to half-staff so that the nation may pay respect to the men and women who have devoted their lives to protecting others.
God Bless our police officers and their families.