Distribution: Please distribute to all law enforcement personnel
First, I want to say thank you to everyone who has made it possible for me to distribute this message. I can not express my gratitude enough for your assistance.
May 9-15 this year is Police Week. It was designated by President Kennedy in “recognition of the service given by the men and women who, night and day, stand guard in our midst to protect us through enforcement of our laws”.
It’s been a tough year so far for law enforcement officers. Law enforcement deaths are up 51%. Now we are coming into a season or remembering our brothers in blue. Some of us are taking time to remember those in our department that were killed in the Line of Duty. Being from Menifee County, KY, Sheriff Fay Little comes to my mind. Sheriff Little was killed while helping at the scene of an fatal shooting when he was struck by a car who could not see him. Having laid down his life for his county, he will be forever remembered as a hero. And that story will be told hundreds of times in different ways for different officers in the coming weeks. In counties, cities and townships all over the United States, we will take time to honor our heroes. And in doing so, we ensure that they are never forgotten.
On a personal level, I am so thankful for each one of you. Thank you for protecting my city, county, state and country. If it were possible, I’d say it to you personally, and individually. Although I will never personally meet some of you, don’t think for a moment that you’re unappreciated. It’s been my driving thought that I want to make sure that there is never an officer in a car or behind a desk that ever wonders if someone cares. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
For all the officers out there reading this, Dr. Mike is praying for a peaceful week for you. Safe traffic stops. I hope people see you in restaurants and pay for your food. I pray for a time of healing for the departments reading this who have had a loss in the last year. I pray that those of you making the trip to Washington will have a safe trip. For those who are making the trip to the wall to honor a fallen brother, safety and healing. But most of all, I hope there is an outpouring of appreciation form the communities that you serve.
I’ve said it before and will say it again, you all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough.