National Police Week events today in Middle Tennessee

National Police Week events today in Middle Tennessee

National Police Week events today in Middle Tennessee

We are also following President Trump's Executive Orders to back the women and men in blue, to enhance law enforcement safety, and to reduce violent crime in America.

Allery was fatally shot by 28-year-old Melvin Gene Delong, of Belcourt, after a pursuit on January 18, 2017.

These 360 officers include 129 who were killed during 2017, plus 231 who died in previous years. Nationally, during 2017, 135 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty.

Among the names were nine Tennessee officers who died between 1878 and 2017, three officers from Kentucky and and six Virginia officers. The memorial service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. As the names of those killed in the line of duty were called, officers came forward, placed a red rose on the wreath and saluted their fallen brethren. We need to tell the inspiring stories of these individuals, their heroism, dedication and devotion for which they died.

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". "We join with fellow law enforcement officers across the state, across the nation, and here in Pitt County". Tomorrow, May 15, he will take part in the New York State Police Troop "A" Memorial Service in Batavia, NY.

That's why we couldn't agree more with the proclamation Sterling Mayor Dan Torres issued at last week's city council meeting for National Police Week. "Supporting police and fostering strong relationships between our communities and law enforcement is top priority for the U.S. Attorney's Office". Those law enforcement officers traveled hundreds of miles from across the country. "It was a reminder for me about the sacrifice of all of the peace officers in Iowa over the years", adds Van Otterloo. It is a week to thank current, and retired peace officers for protecting and serving our communities.

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. Today, the memorial service is broadcast on television and attended by over 20,000 officers and families.

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