Paul Police Honor Fallen Officers

"These are just a few of the many heroes we honor today", said Sterling, of the Lake Havasu City Police Department, during remarks at Wednesday morning's Peace Officers Memorial service outside the Bullhead City Police Department. The public is invited.

Today's event will pay tribute to the 41 officers and deputies from Caddo and Bossier Parishes killed in the line of duty since 1872.

Seventh-grader Sam Hendrix will give the speech this year. "In this day and time, you don't get a lot of this", she added, referring to the issue of respect for law enforcement.

The annual Peace Officers' Memorial held outside at the Santa Maria Police Station on West Betteravia Road recognized the role of law enforcement officers.

"All Centre County law enforcement agencies will be participating in the ceremony that will honor and memorialize the ultimate sacrifice paid by 140 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in the United States in 2016", according to a news release. "We too often take for granted what you do, but we know when the siren sounds, or the radio call comes, we know you're there and we take comfort in that", he said. Bowling, who served as both a Martinsville police officer and Marine Corps reservist, was killed January 26, 2005 when his unit's convoy was ambushed in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

On Monday, tens of thousands of people gathered in Washington, D.C. for the National Police Week memorial service - among them were some 200 past and present Dallas police officers. A black granite monument, surrounded by dewy grass, is a permanent symbol of the sacrifices police officers have made for the community.

In 2013, a disgruntled former LA Police Department officer, Christopher Dorner, used a gun with a silencer to murder four people and wound several others.

"That bravery was plain for everyone to see in the phenomenal response of the police to the shocking events in Westminster back in March, as a result of which Pc Keith Palmer tragically lost his life".

"You know, being a student and getting into law enforcement it's there every day that it could very well be my family that's up there", says Steven Flanagan, a deputy sheriff with Hand County and part of the academy in Pierre. "We always encourage officers to work out, and this is a little jump start and encouragement to keep going".

This experience has given me a broad perspective and a great appreciation for the rule of law and allowed me to witness first-hand the role law enforcement plays in our lives. "We believe law enforcement is extremely important", Patino said.

"This campaign is about more than just creating a physical memorial as it provides support to victims' families and focuses on education".

  • Annette Adams