As part of National Police Memorial Week, law enforcement agencies all across the country have held ceremonies to honor fallen officers. On Thursday, May 19th, Southlake Police Officers paused to honor our brothers and sisters in blue who have died in the line of duty.
Every year, the second week of May is set aside to honor the fallen men and women of law enforcement. This tradition was set in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy established Police Officer Memorial Week to provide special recognition to law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.
Southlake Police Officers paid tribute to fallen officers, 128 of whom died in the line of duty in 2015, 12 of them in Texas. “These were warriors who ran towards violence; placing the safety of others above their own,” said Police Chief James Brandon. “It is important that we never forget the sacrifice so many law enforcement officers and their families have made while keeping our communities safe and protecting us from those who would do us harm,” Brandon added.
A Police Officer Memorial service is a solemn occasion in which the memories of the fallen law enforcement warriors are honored. We mourn their loss and ultimately society’s loss and by doing so, we pay tribute to their sacrifice and acknowledge their dedication to duty. Police Officers find solace in these words that are inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. “It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.”
We are grateful to the citizens of Southlake for their unwavering support and to our City leadership including; Mayor Laura Hill, our City Council Members, Crime Control Prevention District Board members who attended today’s ceremony.
Please check out our DPS Facebook site for more pictures and video of the ceremony. Southlake Police Memorial