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Silver Bay City Council: Frericks honored by Law Enforcement Memorial Association

Silver Bay Police Chief Doug Frericks shows off the plaque given to him by the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association for his 20 years of service to the association. (Photo courtesy the city of Silver Bay)

Silver Bay Police Chief Doug Frericks was recognized for his work with the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association for over 20 years of service to the association at the Silver Bay City Council meeting Monday.

"This is a prestigious organization which is called upon to give back to the brotherhood of fallen officers and their families," Frericks said. "I am very honored to receive this recognition."

LEMA was founded in 1974 for the purpose of providing families of officers killed in the line of duty immediate financial assistance, counseling, and outreach to the young children at Christmas by shopping. In 1991, the LEMA Honor Guard was established by officers from throughout the State of Minnesota for the sole purpose to honor officers killed in the line of duty.

The very first Honor Guard Camp was hosted by LEMA in 1996, which Frericks joined. Since then, LEMA Honor Guard has an annual camp to train officers from Minnesota and from all over the United States on the correct way to honor a fallen officer. Frericks has helped train over 1,000 officers at the camp.

There are three separate Honor Guard Units: the colors team, which specializes in presenting, retiring and guarding the flags at funerals and special events; the rifle team, which provides ceremonial guard duty and fires the "three volleys" at police funerals; and the casket team, which functions as pallbearers, casket guards and folds the American flag that may be draped over the casket at law enforcement funerals. Frericks was part of the rifle team where he served as a sergeant, and was part of the organization for 21 years.

In other council news, a motion carried to approve a bid of $19,392 for new windows and doors for the Silver Bay Golf Course. The council also approved the closure of city offices between the hours of 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 22 for the annual expedition on Lake Superior.