- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

FRANKLIN, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania county is honoring 13 police officers and firefighters who have been wounded or killed in the line of duty.

The Venango County Commission to Remember Our Heroes will dedicate a bronze plaque mounted on a black granite stone on May 15. The memorial will be located in Bandstand Park in Franklin, next to the county’s courthouse. That’s about 70 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Those honored range from Franklin police Capt. James Meehan who died in 1907 to Sgt. Anthony Gorman, a Sugarcreek Township officer who died last year.

Meehan was shot in the back by a suspect after intervening in an assault and died on Nov. 25, 1907. Gorman was wounded by a robbery suspect in June 1998. He recovered but died Oct. 1 after being retired for years.

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