The Union Township Police Department’s Honor Guard competed recently at the National Honor Guard competition in Washington D.C. This competition is held annually during Police Memorial week. The Township’s Honor Guard competed against sixteen other teams from across the United States. All of these teams were from much larger agencies (for example Chicago PD and the United States Boarder Patrol). The Union Township Honor Guard finished seventh out of the sixteen teams. This was a great achievement.
The Union Township Police Department’s Honor Guard is made up entirely of officers who volunteer their service to the unit. They receive no additional compensation and have to perform their regular duties while training and preforming with the Honor Guard. It requires dedication and discipline.
This year’s routine was dedicated to Officer Edgar Buelsing. Officer Buelsing worked for the Union Township Police Department for fifteen years (after serving twenty years in the United States Army) and was a member of the Honor Guard. Officer Buelsing left the police department in 2011 and was diagnosed with cancer shortly after. Officer Buelsing los
t his long hard fought battle with cancer December 2, 2015. The Honor Guard was proud to dedicate their performance to his memory.
We hope you enjoyed some of the pictures that were taken during the event. Please check back soon for additional pictures and a video of the Honor Guards routine.