National Candlelight Vigil honors fallen law enforcement officers

Gov. Scott Walker

Gov. Scott Walker

I feel fortunate to work with such a wonderful group of professionals.

This is the 23rd year that Richmond Police are participating in the bike ride.

"It's a selfless job that they have".

Austin Police Interim Chief Brian Manley was the keynote speaker at the memorial. In our politically polarized nation where police and community relationships can be marked by distrust and distance, both police and citizen would do well to see the world through the lens of the other.

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Police officers Carlos Nunez and Damian Eglesfield accepted a proclamation on behalf of the Cloverdale Police Department at the meeting. The annual celebration-celebrated this year from May 13-19-recognizes and honors those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind. Acknowledgement of police officers for a job well done seems rare these days, and we can not know what crimes are stopped by officers being visible.

On average, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, one officer is killed somewhere in the United States every 58 hours. Since 1887, 88 federal, state and local law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty in Erie County. "While we are inexpressibly grateful to have had a decrease in the number of officers killed in the line-of-duty previous year, the number is still far too high". In 2017, 129 police officers died in the line of duty. The 2018 numbers through May 9 represent a 9 percent increase in comparison with the same period in 2017. My Administration proudly salutes the patriots in law enforcement who selflessly serve our Nation. This is 75 percent higher than this time previous year.

Knox County officers traveled to Washington D.C. Sunday to honor fallen peace officers on the first day of National Police Week. He will forever be in our hearts and forever be in our minds.

"It truly is an honor to wear the badge, and many continue to do so, despite the ever increasing challenges facing law enforcement each and every day". They say it's a way for families to heal and offer support. Thank you for the work you do.

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