Peace Officer Memorial ceremony held at State Capitol

19 May, 2017, 23:12 | Author: Michele Stevens
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The UK Police Memorial is planned for completion in 2019, and its design will incorporate the names of more than 1800 police officers and staff who died from injuries they received in the course of lawful duty since the service began. Here in MI and in Oakland County, take some time to thank your local police officers for all they do to keep us safe. Sadly, over the last decade, an average of 146 officers a year have been killed in the line of duty. "Now, more than ever, the presence and well being of law enforcement officers is vital to maintaining our communities' safety and meeting the demands of the profession".

I am grateful that National Police Week gives us a moment to pause to honor these courageous public servants and to reflect on their commitment and valor.

Dallas Police Association president Michael Mata said that it's important to remember the officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The events are being held in conjunction with National Police Week.

He said that such a nation of laws could not exist without someone to enforce those laws.

Of the 144 police officers across the US killed in the line of duty in the past year, 21 were from Texas, including the five Dallas-area officers who were killed July 7 by a lone gunman. So far this year, 44 officers have died in the line of duty nationwide. "These attacks increased by almost 40 percent from 2015", said President Trump in a statement earlier this week.

Reynolds said those three officers were J.W. Foster, Dana Shaw and Timothy Woodard. He encouraged school children in the crowd to thank officers and deputies for the work they do and called them heroes.

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The public is invited and encouraged to attend this ceremony which will include the Border Patrol Explorers Honor Guard, the reading of names of fallen Officers and a wreath laying ceremony.

Law Enforcement Memorial Day is part of a weeklong remembrance of fallen peace officers.

This week, the House passed the Thin Blue Line Act.

Lexington Police Chaplain Donovan Stewart says there was a significant jump in officer deaths in 2016.

"We don't take the time to thank law enforcement for their service". Please join me in continuing to pray for these individuals and the service to which they're committed on our behalf. It is therefore a fitting place in which to pay tribute to the bravery and dedication of the policemen and women who have given up their lives, and the commitment and courage of all those who continue to serve.

"There are twinges of sadness, as you see the family go up".

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