Thousands attend candlelight vigil for fallen officers

Leroy Wright
May 15, 2018

It is with those thoughts in mind that I offer my heart felt gratitude and thanks to all of our local law enforcement officers, their spouses and their families for their commitment to protect and serve.

Family members of some of the fallen officers were in the audience Friday night, watching their brothers and sisters in blue honoring their loved ones.

If it sounds hard to go through a day not knowing when a seemingly routine incident will suddenly turn risky, then consider what it must be like for the families and loved ones of police officers, who never know if their parent, sibling, spouse, child, will be called into a deadly situation.

"We are so grateful to our law enforcement officers and the work they do every day to protect residents and uphold the laws of our state", Lt Gov Wyman said.

Following the morning event, the president was slated to attend Senate Republicans' weekly policy lunch on the Hill where he is expected to discuss the administration's legislative agenda.

This year, Congress passed the Honoring Hometown Heroes Act to give first responders' home states the opportunity to provide a fitting tribute for their service should they make the ultimate sacrifice. Our nation's law enforcement officers face dangers every day, but now deliberate targeted attacks by people who wish to harm cops has become the new reality.

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The 2018 Fraternal Order of Police Cops and Kids Bluegrass & Gospel Festival will take place noon Saturday.

As law enforcement at all levels collaborates to curtail violent crime, the cooperation of the public is a key component of community resilience and neighborhood safety. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 21,000 US law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The names of 360 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, including 129 who died in 2017 and 231 who died in years prior, were formally dedicated Sunday evening at the 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Mall.

The chief says the ceremony includes an honor guard comprised of local law enforcement personnel.

CCSO Deputy Scotty Roush read the names of the officers who died in 2017 and 2018. This code facilitates rapid dissemination of critical information to law enforcement agencies and the public about violent offenders who have killed, seriously injured, or who pose an imminent and credible threat to law enforcement officers. That's why we need police officers - to enforce the law.

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