Professionalism, dedication, courage: Police officers uphold justice every day

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In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the entire week as National Police Week. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 15, 2018, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 13 through May 19, 2018, as Police Week.

The annual event honors law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, bringing together members of the law enforcement community with families of those who lost their lives in 2017 and years prior.

Two new plaques were added to the memorial park today as well - One for Trooper Gabe Rich, and one for Trooper Scott Johnson. Every day, members of law enforcement risk their lives in service to those they have pledged to protect and defend. Those law enforcement officers traveled hundreds of miles from across the country.

In 2017, 129 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty.

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The service will be held at the side entrance of the sheriff's office, located at 117 Justice Center Drive in Rogersville.

What started with 18 riders in 1997, has grown in to nine chapters consisting of almost 2,500 members nationwide who make the trip annually. The memorial now has more than 21,000 names engraved.

"This ceremony reminds us that there are those who take on the responsibility of the safety of society with courage and diligence", Sammarco said.

"Law enforcement officers of Citrus County play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of Citrus County", Coleman said.

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Flags at the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial will continue to fly at half-staff May 14-18 in honor of National Police Week. Additionally, the police department enjoys a great working relationship with other law enforcement agencies working throughout Marshall County.

It was a moving demonstration put on by the Police Unity Tour, whose main objective is to raise awareness of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Officers say given the current political climate, this is a time to remember what law enforcement does on a daily basis.

The names of all 93 fallen officers nationwide were formally dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, during the 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, 2018.

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