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Etched in memory: Frank Ray, county music artist and former LEO, honors a fallen hero

During National Police Week, Ray paid his respects to Sgt. James Stanwood Noyes, an officer whose story is marked by bravery and tragic loss

By Police1 Staff

Frank Ray’s visit to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial during National Police Week was a heartfelt homage to his law enforcement roots.

During the annual Candlelight Vigil, Ray gave a soul-stirring performance of the National Anthem, resonating deeply with those gathered to honor their fallen comrades.

Earlier in the day, Ray stood before the memorial wall, paying his respects to Sgt. James Stanwood Noyes, an officer whose story is marked by bravery and tragic loss. Sgt. Noyes was the head of the SWAT team and an expert hostage negotiator. He was called to a standoff in Gilford, New Hampshire, where a distressed man, mourning the loss of his wife, had barricaded himself inside his home. While trying to negotiate with the man, Sgt. Noyes was fatally shot; one bullet struck his wrist and another bypassed his vest under the left arm.

During National Police Week, we caught up with Frank Ray, who now serves as NLEOMF’s honorary Chief Ambassador and advocates for responders’ mental health

Sgt. Noyes had served with the New Hampshire State Police for 17 years and left behind a wife, daughter and two sons. His legacy continues, as his oldest son joined the New Hampshire State Police in 2001 and was promoted to the head of the State Police in 2020.

In the video above, watch how Ray’s journey from law enforcement to country music stardom has not lessened his ties to his former colleagues nor his dedication to the law enforcement community.

Want to learn more about Frank Ray? Check out our exclusive interview during National Police Week with Nancy Perry, Police1 Editor-in-Chief.

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