It has been a long, long time since the town marshal for this area was killed in the line of duty. But each year during the month of May, the Police Memorial designated to honor and remember fallen heroes is conducted from our nation’s capital to our little city here in Sunny Isles Beach. Ralph Langworthy is among those honored and remembered, even though it’s been almost a century ago.
Several years ago, “Project Hero” was formed by the Miami Dade Police Department and the P.O.A.T. police charity. It goes to every gravesite of every fallen officer and insures the dignity and preservation of the site. We here at Sunny Isles Beach after much effort and investigative work by Sgt. Paul Manzella of our Honor Guard, located the gravesite of Marshal Langworthy. It was in sad, degenerate shape; crumbled, broken and full of weeds; no place worthy of a hero to be laid to rest.
So our Honor Guard members got busy and made all the arrangements and effort to restore, repair and replace the honor of that gravesite. What a beautiful job they did – several years ago, I did an article that showed photos of the before and after. It was honorable. The family of Ralph Langworthy was speechless and grateful and tearful. One of Ralph’s sons, David Langworthy, now deceased himself, never met his father, as he was killed in the line of duty before David was born. Dave’s mom was 3 months pregnant when the tragedy befell them.
But in the end, all we have are memories and stories. So during the month of May we honor those memories by retelling stories of true heroes that this little city, your city, Sunny Isles Beach, will never allow to be forgotten.
And by the way at the Government Center, you may notice the Blue Flag flying under our Unites States Flag. It is the flag of the Nation to symbolize Police Memorial.
May God Bless each of us and our great country and keep us all safe!