In honor of their fallen officer to close Police Memorial Week, Cleveland Police Department personnel held a brief and somber ceremony Tuesday, placing a wreath at the Memorial Wall to Bradley County and Cleveland emergency responders who died in the line of duty.
That was the anniversary of officer Justin Maples’ death. On Thursday Cleveland 100, the organization that immediately went into action aiding the Maples family, will hold its annual awards luncheon at Mountain View Inn.
A number of CPD officers are expected to be recognized for their efforts in lifesaving and crime-solving during the past year.
Other emergency service and law enforcement personnel will also be honored during the banquet.
Maples had served with CPD for seven years at the time of his death.
He was en route to back up city and county officers on a felony act callout when he lost control of his police cruiser and crashed into a utility pole on South Lee Highway. He died shortly afterward.
During Tuesday’s brief ceremony, CPD’s honor guard placed a wreath at the Memorial Wall.
Maples’ sons, widow and parents were among those attending the event.
Maples was 35 at the time of his death. His parents Barry and Charlene Maples, along with his widow, Danielle, and their three children, Jace, Jacobi and Declan, released blue balloons after the memorial.
The CPD honor guard quietly dispersed and Chief David Bishop gave thanks to all in attendance.
Bishop will also be present at the Cleveland 100 luncheon along with other members of the emergency services field.
Mayor Tom Rowland announced Larry Wallace, former TBI director and now vice president of Tennessee Wesleyan College, Assistant Commissioner of Tennessee Homeland Security David Purkey, state Rep. Kevin Brooks, state Rep. and Sheriff-Elect Eric Watson, and state Sens. Mike Bell and Todd Gardenhire are also expected to attend to honor the recipients.