Memorial service Thursday for fallen law officers

The public is being invited to attend a special memorial service Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Douglas Police Department where another name will be added to the Ray Rios Fallen Officers Memorial wall.

Sgt. Jose Duarte of the Douglas Police Department said the name of Alexander I. Giannini, who died in the line of duty May 28, 2014, will be added to the wall this year bringing with it 40 names of fallen Cochise County heroes who are etched on the memorial wall.

Agent Giannini was killed in an automobile accident on I-10, near Sybil Road, near Benson as he and another agent were traveling eastbound on I-10 when their vehicle was involved in a collision. Agent Giannini was flown to University Medical Center in Tucson, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Agent Giannini had served with the United States Border Patrol for five years and was assigned to the Willcox Station. He was survived by his parents, sister and fiancee.

Douglas Police Department also said that while the service is taking place in Douglas, another memorial service will take place at the crash site through the Willcox Station. Family members will be at both events.

In 2011 the wall was dedicated in memory of Ray Rios, a Douglas Police officer who died in the line of duty on Sept. 4, 2005 leaving behind a wife, four kids and a large extended family that included his parents and siblings.

The wall includes the names of Cochise College law enforcement and emergency personnel who have died in the line of duty.

The event in Douglas follows the National Peace Officers Memorial in WashingtonD.C. where Agent Giannini and other fallen heroes of 2014 will have their names added to the National Memorial Wall.

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