Police gather to honor those who gave all

Thursday, May 16, 2019
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Blue Lives Matter (banner)This week is Law Enforcement Memorial Week and tens of thousands of the Thin Blue Line are gathering in the nation's capital to honor those that gave their lives for their community.

Randy Sutton, a retired police lieutenant, was among them. He represented his organization, The Wounded Blue, in Washington, D.C., where he described the mission of helping injured and disabled police officers and their families.

“Quite honestly, I didn't expect this,” Sutton says of interest in the mission. “We've had a number of family members, and also injured police officers, that have suddenly realized that there was somebody there to help them, somebody that understood.”

Police in car mirrorDating back to a resolution under President John F. Kennedy, May 15 is recognized as Peace Officers Memorial Day. 

So far, in 2019, more than 40 U.S. law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty. 

“To all of the families of our fallen officers,” President Trump told police officers this week, “our whole country is praying for you, embracing you, and pledging to you that we will never, ever leave your side, never disappoint you.”

He also reminded the survivors of slain police officers that their loved ones were “selfless” heroes who “gave everything they had” to defend our communities and ultimately the nation.

 

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