Akron police officers will hold their annual Police Memorial Service at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
The event, to honor officers killed in the line of duty, will be held at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, 2610 Ley Drive.
It will include the nationally recognized Akron Police Honor Guard, the Cleveland Police Pipes and Drums Corps, a presentation of flowers to family members of fallen officers and the playing of taps. Students from Miller South school in Akron will perform the National Anthem.
Akron police annually honor their fallen comrades. In Akron, 23 officers have died in the line of duty since 1917. This year, the service will recognize the deaths of Officer Frank Mancini and reserve Officer Harold Wintrow, both of whom were injured in 1965 while apprehending a robbery suspect.
Mancini died last year at age 72. He suffered paralysis from a bullet wound fired by the robbery suspect. Wintrow died in 1993 at age 63. He was paralyzed when a shot fired by the same robbery suspect severed his spine. Office Eugene Hooper died in the shooting.
Refreshments will be served after the ceremony, which is open to the public.