Dorley honored at National Peace Officers' Memorial Service

Sgt. Maxwell Dorley (Courtesy Providence Journal)

Providence police Sgt. Maxwell Dorley was one of 143 officers killed in the line of duty honored Wednesday at a memorial service at the U.S. Capitol.

Dorley was killed April 19, 2012, when his cruiser struck a pole while responding to a call.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Police Chief Colonel Hugh Clements, Maj. Thomas Verdi , FOP Lodge No. 3 President Taft Manzotti and a contingent of Providence police officers attended the annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service.

"Sergeant Dorley's death is a reminder to us all that every officer who takes the oath and wears the shield of the Providence Police Department puts their life on the line every day they come to work," Taveras said in a news release.

President Barack Obama spoke to the thousands of people gathered for the service, including the families of fallen officers from across the nation.

A wreath laying ceremony was held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial after the memorial service.