Santa Maria honors fallen police officers at ceremony

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reports a 56 percent increase nationally from 2015 to 2016 in police officer deaths as a result of shootings. More than 40 law enforcement officers from the area including Jackson and Holmes counties in Florida were remembered, including the five fallen officers with the Dothan Police Department. The task of announcing each name and the day they gave their lives in the line of duty was made even harder for Martin, as he personally knew two of the peace officers killed a year ago.

The service has been going on for almost two decades and honors all law enforcement, whether they are alive and working or they died while serving the community. "We are going to continue doing our job to protect the citizens of our community and all across this nation", said Sheriff McCool.

Martinsville Mayor Gene Teague read a proclamation by Martinsville City Council declaring May 15 at Peace Officers' Memorial Day and May 14-20 as National Police Week.

The disclosure caused surprise at the federation's annual conference yesterday, where tribute was paid to PC Keith Palmer, murdered in the Westminster attack in March, and other officers who have died in the past 12 months.

As apart of the ceremony, a bell was rung to honor every officer.

The Bakersfield Police Department will hold a ceremony honoring the fallen officers at 7 a.m. Thursday in front of the police department on Truxtun Avenue. "In this day and time, you don't get a lot of this", she added, referring to the issue of respect for law enforcement.

"I know we have the finest officers in the country and I know they deserve our gratitude", Axtell said. Not everyone came up and said thank you. The tradition, which dates back to 1962 and originated under John F. Kennedy, honors the lives of fallen officers and their service. Welsh says Heinle is the most recent loss that the Missoula Police Department has suffered.

Wednesday's event followed a national memorial service Monday in Washington, D.C. that was attended by about 200 Dallas officers. Major Eric Winn of the Henry County Sheriff's Office recognized family members. This week is to remind us of the law enforcement professionals who put their lives on the line each and every day to serve their communities.

  • Zachary Reyes