Deputy's name added to national memorial

Sheri Evans
May 16, 2018

May 15 is recognized nationally as Peace Officers Memorial Day as part of a bill amended in 1994 originally approved in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy.

Addressing the annual National Peace Officers" Memorial Service, Trump painted immigrants as violent killers and lamented "ambush' style attacks against police.

This year, the names of 360 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC.

The proclamation recognized "the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty while protecting communities and safeguarding democracy". "While we are inexpressibly grateful to have had a decrease in the number of officers killed in the line-of-duty past year, the number is still far too high".

"Sterling values the courage and devotion of our community's state and local police as our collective prosperity depends on the integrity with which our law enforcement officers maintain peace and security", Torres said.

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Ed McQueen, one of the chaplains, opened the event by emphasizing the need to honor not only officers who have been killed, but those "who continue to serve, day after day".

Lompoc police officers will also hold a ceremony Wednesday. I am grateful for the professionalism, dedication and quiet courage they continually demonstrate under demanding and often unsafe circumstances. Men and women who put their lives on the line every day they head into work. A candlelight vigil will be held and include the placing of a wreath on the Houston Police Officers Memorial, a roll call of deceased officers, a 21-gun salute, the playing of TAPS, and a fly-over by HPD helicopters.

Trump directly addressed the children of fallen police officers during his remarks and said they were among "the bravest who ever lived".

A total of 21, 541 names are engraved into the wall, six of them were killed in North Carolina within the a year ago.

Limestone County is marking Friday, May 18, as Peace Officer Memorial Day, and Sheriff Dennis Wilson is asking the public to show respect for fallen Trooper Damon Allen by attending.

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