National Peace Officers Memorial Day

Gov. Scott Walker

Gov. Scott Walker

"We honor our law enforcement officers every day of the year, but on Peace Officers Memorial Day, we show our support by lowering our flags to half-staff", said Craig W. Floyd, Memorial Fund Chief Executive Officer.

Officer Cox's friends, family and a delegation from the Rockford Police Department attended the vigil.

The annual Federal Bureau of Investigation report released last week reflected a national total of 93 officers killed in the line of duty previous year, including New York State Police Trooper Joel Davis, killed in Jefferson County last July. Sheriff John Lighter Frost, Deputy Constable Levi E. Oliver, Deputy Dirk Ray Knearem, and Deputy Shane Thomas Detwiler lost their lives in the line of duty while serving in Chambers County.

- Detective Jason Weiland, 40, Everest Metropolitan Police Department, was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance and multiple shootings on March 22, 2017. His commitment to enforcing the law, helping those in need and protecting the community touched the lives of those he served with.

"Everybody remembers the same things about him". Among those honored was Southport Police Lieutenant Aaron Allan.

Throughout his time in uniform, he continued to pursue opportunities to better serve the community. Over the last decade, on average 151 police officers are killed on duty in the United States each year and almost 50,000 are assaulted. Hours later, he suffered a fatal heart attack.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions led the tribute in Washington DC, reading the names of the heroic officers killed in the line of duty. "President Trump has repeatedly said he is the "law and order President" and the first order he gave me on my first day in office was to back the men and women in blue, and you can be sure that is the pole star of my efforts". In their profession there is no such thing as an off-duty officer. "Their courage and sacrifice will always be remembered".

'These are special people, ' the president said during a tribute to fallen officers at the Capitol on Tuesday, as he met with family members of slain officer Miosotis Familia, who was shot while sitting in her squad vehicle in the Bronx at the start of her shift on July 5.

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