Tribute to Law Enforcement
As we recognize National Law Enforcement Week and Peace Officer’s Memorial Day, I commend and give a heartfelt thank you to the brave men and women of law enforcement that serve our communities with dedication, commitment, valor, and sacrifice. I thank their families for the sacrifices, for although the oath is of that of the officer, it is also requiring the support and great sacrifices for the family as well.
I thank law enforcement for their professionalism, for their sworn oath to preserve and protect life, liberty, and property. For their courage to provide law and order and to uphold our freedoms at any cost or sacrifice, even the ultimate sacrifice.
According to preliminary data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, as of December 2021, 458 federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2021. This is an increase of 55% from officers killed this same period last year. More than ever, police officers need our support. We must stand with those that are our first line of protection.
I am thankful for our community of law enforcement that serve tirelessly, with integrity and honor, striving each day to make a positive difference, whether on duty or off. These heroes are leaders who serve as volunteer fire fighters and rescue squad members. Police officers that coach life skills and character with sports. Police officers that serve with non-profits, in our schools, and churches. Police Officers that work with our business communities to strengthen economic wellness, and growth through safety and protection.
As we honor all those that serve and have served, may we never forget to pay tribute and remember our fallen officers and their families. In Montgomery County, we remember and honor Officer Terry Griffith, Officer Scott Hylton, Security Guard Derrick McFarland, Corporal Eric Sutphin, and Officer Deriek Crouse for their ultimate sacrifice. I encourage everyone to reflect upon our freedoms, to remember, and honor our law enforcement and their families.
Wife of a Police Officer