Zachary ‘double hero’ Chris Lawton honored at national memorial

Ceremony held honoring those killed in line of duty during National Peace Officers Memorial Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAFB) - Fallen Zachary police officer and firefighter, Christoper Lawton, was one of 228 law enforcement officers honored at the nation’s capitol Wednesday, May 15.

Around 44,000 family members and officers were in attendance on the front lawn of the White House as President Donald Trump spoke on behalf of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

An estimated 44,000 people were in attendance to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. (Source: GrayDC)
An estimated 44,000 people were in attendance to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. (Source: GrayDC)

During the ceremony, President Trump said attacks on law enforcement have to stop, and should be punishable by death.

President Trump at national LEO memorial

Lawton’s name was engraved into the memorial wall.

Lawton was run over by a U-Haul truck in 2018 while serving a warrant in a Walmart parking lot in Zachary.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at Judiciary Square in Washington, D.C. honors 21,183 U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty throughout American history.

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