Posted: May 10, 2005 11:12 am EST

Fallen officer in Texas honored (~7 col. in.)
by Brad Kellar, Greenville (Texas) Herald-Banner
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    By Brad Kellar
    CNHI News Service

    GREENVILLE, Texas - A Celeste Police Department officer who died in the line of duty last year will be honored in a national ceremony.
    Sergeant John Maki will also be remembered during the local observance of the National Peace Officer Memorial Day, next week in Greenville.
    On Feb. 10, 2004, Maki, 33, was called in on his day off to assist Celeste Police Chief Clint Mott on a domestic disturbance call in Celeste. While traveling through the Collin County town of Murphy, Maki¹s vehicle struck a curb and then clipped the media guard rail before going airborne, skidding and colliding with another vehicle.
    Maki was flown to Parkland Hospital in Dallas where he was pronounced dead.
    Maki was one of 14 peace officers who died while in the line of duty in Texas last year. Texas led the nation with highest number of law enforcement officer deaths in 2004.
    All will be remembered Thursday night during a candlelight vigil and ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., where U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is scheduled to address a crowd of 20,000 people who are expected to attend the 17th annual event. The vigil is one of several activities planned nationwide during National Police Week.
    Maki is one of nine law enforcement officers from Hunt County who have died in the line of duty. They will be honored during the local observance of National Peace Officer Memorial Day, at 10 a.m. May 19 in front of the Hunt County Sheriff¹s Office.
    He was survived by his parents.

    Brad Kellar writes for the Greenvile (Texas) Herald-Banner.

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