In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.
More than 20,000 peace officers have made the ultimate sacrifice since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791.
As we are encouraged and as we pray for our troops serving on foreign soil, let us pray for our law enforcement men and women serving our citizens on the streets of America 24/7. They are sworn to protect and serve at any cost. The men and women of law enforcement take on this responsibility as they risk their lives every day in every community protecting and serving families, businesses and communities with a constant commitment to excellence.
Sometimes it is a “thankless” job. The reward for them is in knowing that they have done their best and at the end of the day, they go home to their families.
Tell someone in law enforcement today that you appreciate their service to our community in making it a safe place to live, work and raise our families.
God bless all the dedicated men and women who are sworn to protect and serve.
Paul A. Tipton Jr. (Former Dalton police officer)