Hundreds of people are preparing for a dedication ceremony at the site of the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith. The museum will soon be constructed on Riverfront Drive. The multimillion dollar plans are big, but for the family of 24-year-old Derek Hotsinpiller, it’s so much more.
“My brother was killed in the line of duty on February 16th, 2011,” said Dustin Hotsinpiller. “He had only been in the Marshal Service for about a year.”
Derek’s brother Dustin said his brother was trying to serve an arrest warrant on a suspected cocaine dealer two years ago. The suspect fired at Derek and the rest of the entry team.
Derek was shot and killed.
“It`s a big impact,” he said. “It`s hard to see your brothers name on the wall because I would give up anything for him to be here and not have to do this.”
The cornerstone of The Hall of Honor, for those killed in the line of duty will be dedicated Saturday morning (Nov. 9). Directors say it’s an honor to put on an event for those who sacrifice their lives for our country.
“This is a really great way to recognize them for the sacrifice that they`ve made,” said vice-president of museum operations, Jessica Hayes. “In a lot of ways it`s very symbolic, much like the 9-11 memorial.”
Derek’s family said they plan to carry out his legacy.
“I recently joined the Marshals Service after a 10-year career in law enforcement. I knew that I had to try and pick up where my brother left off.”
The event is set for 11 a.m and is free to the public.
The keynote speaker for the event is former U.S. Attorney General, Ed Meese. He served in the Reagan Administration.