Memorial Guardians



In early 2015, the Carson City Sheriffs’ Office Police Explorers Post #109 accepted the challenge of becoming the “Guardians” of the Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Their goal as Guardians will be to maintain the Memorial in a manner that ensures that this site, dedicated to the memory of our fallen peace officers, remains a place of honor and reverence. These “Guardians” will be under the supervision of the Carson City Sheriffs’ Office Police Explorers advisors and liaison officers from the Nevada Legislative Police Department.

Police Explorers is a career-oriented program that gives young adults the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement by working with local law enforcement agencies. Founded on July 12, 1973, it is one of the Exploring programs from Learning for Life, a non-Scouting subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. The program is generally available to qualified young adults who graduated 8th grade and are ages 14 through 21.



In the spirit of organizing the Memorial Guardians, Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong asked each of the Explores to submit an essay about what it would mean to them to attend the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.

Out of all the essays submitted, though a blind selection process, he chose one essay that stood out above the rest. The essay was written by Explorer Ian Nichols.

Ian is a senior in high school. He plans to join the military after graduation and return to Carson City with hopes to join the Sheriff’s Office.

Ian and Explorer Advisor Deputy Sheriff Jeff Pullen attended the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Services in Washington D.C. during the week of May 11-15, 2015


On May 2, 2015, the Carson City Sheriff’s Explorers were officially designated as the Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Guardians. At a ceremony held at the Memorial on the Capitol Grounds, Carson City Sheriff Furlong, Memorial Commissioners Frank and Adams and Stan Olsen presented the Sheriff’s Explorers with their Memorial Guardian pins. This ceremony was attended by Assemblymen O’Neill and Silberkraus, Explorer advisers from the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Legislative Police liaison officers and many family and friends. Also, three officers from the San Diego Californian Police Department were present along with their “Honor Car” which listed all of their officers that had been killed in the line of duty. They were on their way to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. and stopped to visit Nevada’s Memorial.

The intent of Law Enforcement Exploring is to educate and involve youth in police operations, to interest them in possible law enforcement careers, and to build mutual understanding. Exploring provides an understanding of the law enforcement function within the community, whether one enters the field of law enforcement or not. Through involvement, the Explorer Program establishes an awareness of the complexities of police service.

The intent of the “Memorial Guardian” Program within the Carson City Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Explorers Post #109 is to instil in the members of Post #109 the importance and meaning of the memorials that are dedicated to the men and women of law enforcement that have died in the line of duty.