WASHINGTON, D.C. (WANE) - The name of Master Sergeant Kenneth Hayden has been added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial 24 years after his death.
Sgt. Hayden died in 1989 at the age of 41 after serving 16 years with the Fort Wayne Police Department.
In 1974, Sgt. Hayden responded to a robbery in progress and was accidentally shot in the leg. Hayden initially survived the shooting, but eleven years later while investigating a vehicle crash he fractured his leg in the same exact spot he was shot.
During surgery, doctors located a tumor and amputated his leg.
Sgt. Hayden retired from the Fort Wayne Police Department with a medical disability in 1986. A year later, Hayden was diagnosed with cancer and underwent treatment.
A statement released last week by the Fort Wayne Police Department said Hayden's wife, Joan, worked with the NLEOM for eighteen months to get the proper recognition for her husband. The FWPD assisted Joan with obtaining the inscription and proper recognition.
The FWPD recognizes Hayden as a line of duty death.
A vigil in Washington marked the ceremony for 321 names added to the memorial. The names of 120 officers are for those killed in the line of duty in 2012. The remaining names are for officers who died years earlier but whose sacrifice had not been previously documented.
There are 19,981 names engraved on the Memorial.
Monday's candlelight vigil included musical tributes and a laser light show. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder delivered the keynote address.
Sgt. Hayden is one of five Fort Wayne police officers killed while serving with the department.
- Police Officer Bradley Matteson was killed in an automobile accident in Oct. 5, 2000
- Sgt. Kenneth Hayden died by accidental gunfire Sept. 12, 1989
- Officer Omega Graham was killed by accidental gunfire in Dec. 10 1987
- Patrolman Kenneth Stiverson died by gunfire in July 17, 1969
- Officer Matthew Gebhardt was killed by gunfire Mar. 10, 1926
The FWPD statement said Chief Rusty York and Detective Judy Schon joined Hayden's family in Washington for Monday night's ceremony.
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