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Honoring Law Enforcement’s Sacrifice During National Police Week

National Police Week celebrates the dedication and sacrifice of law enforcement officers across the United States, including those from Franklin County. This event is a time to appreciate the risks officers face daily, such as during traffic stops, emergency responses, and crisis interventions. The chief law enforcement officer of Franklin County acknowledges the courage of these officers who consistently prioritize community safety.

The week features Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, where the nation remembers officers who died in the line of duty. This year, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., will add the names of 282 fallen officers, including 118 from 2023 and 164 previously unrecognized. A Candlelight Vigil on May 13 will honor these individuals.

In Pennsylvania, the community mourns the loss of five officers in 2023: Justin Clark McIntire, Sean Leonard Sluganski, Jacques F. Rougeau, Jr., Richard Carrero Mendez, and Christopher David Fitzgerald. Their service and ultimate sacrifice are solemnly remembered and honored.


Patricia M Campbell 1932-2024

Pat graduated from Fannett Township High School in 1950 and received her BA in Education from, known then as, Shippensburg State Teachers College. .

James Patrick McNally III 1947-2024

James was known for his dedication and excellence in his professional career, where he made lasting contributions and built strong relationships with his colleagues.

Brenda Jackson Liu 1945-2024

Upon retirement, Brenda worked as a part-time nurse at the Migrant Health in Gettysburg. During this time she traveled to migrant camps all over Pennsylvania.

Who We Are

The Franklin County Free Press, established by Vicky Taylor in 2019, emerged as a beacon of local journalism for the residents of Franklin County. Under Vicky's leadership, it quickly became an essential source of news, particularly at a time when major newspaper publications were increasingly overlooking local coverage.

On January 1, 2022, the torch was passed to Nathan Neil and his firm, Neil Publishing, LLC. Neil, a local entrepreneur with multiple thriving businesses in Chambersburg, shares Vicky's fervent commitment to both the community and the world of local journalism.

Rooted in the heart of Franklin County and powered by its residents, the Franklin County Free Press continues to bridge the gap, ensuring that the local stories, events, and issues that matter most to the community remain in the spotlight.