During a special program on Tuesday, July 21, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority and the Lake Court House Foundation unveiled a new wall honoring the brave men, women and K9's of Lake County who have made the ultimate sacrifice protecting their communities. The wall is a new addition to the John Dillinger Museum, located inside the Old Crown Point Courthouse.

"The wall remembers Lake County's law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty dating back to the 1910s," explained Speros A. Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore CVA.

The museum, which was previously located at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, offers visitors an educational journey through the life and times of John Dillinger and his gang while discussing the rise of the FBI and advancements made in crime fighting technology.

"The crimes of John Dillinger and his gang helped spur significant advancements in law enforcement and crime fighting. The museum tells the story of Dillinger and his gang with a strong ‘crime doesn't pay' message," said Batistatos.

The program included opening remarks by Batistatos and Marty Wheeler, president of the Lake Court House Foundation, dedication of the wall and comments by Lake County Sheriff John Buncich, the playing of Taps and a performance by The Pipes and Drums of the Lake County Sheriff's Department.

"Many individuals have given their lives protecting us and our communities in the fight against criminals," said Batistatos. "We want to remember these brave men, women and K9's for all they have done for Lake County."

For more information on the wall, contact the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority at 219-989-7770.