This week marks the 55th year of honoring heroes for National Police Week. It's a collaborative effort among the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the Fraternal Order of Police and its Auxiliary, and Concerns of Police Survivors. National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
Sunday was the National Peace Officer's Memorial Service on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, DC.
Monday was the National Police Survivors Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens, which allowed surviving family and co-workers opportunities to learn about grief and coping and build connections.
Blue ribbons tied to car antennas serve as a reminder to the public that many law enforcement officers have paid the ultimate price and given their lives in the line of duty. It also honors the officers who, day and night, stand guard in our communities.
Here in Emmet County, our officers protect the public and investigate crime. In a small population, rural environment, they must sometimes have the tough challenge of arresting someone they know, and the tougher challenge of approaching a vehicle not knowing what to expect.
We are grateful for the opportunity to thank our local police officers for their sacrifices and hard work. We think of the officers in Waukee who, with an inmate they were transferring, lost their lives to a drunk driver traveling at 100 miles per hour or more. Even at times officers aren't dealing with a necessarily threatening suspect or inmate, they can lose their lives senselessly.
Our local police serve in positive ways, too, teaching DARE?to our children, and doing public service.
We thank them this week.