On average, one law enforcement officer is killed somewhere in America
nearly every other day. May 15th is National Peace Officers Memorial
Day. It is the day that we honor and remember the more than 15,000
law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in the United
States, since the first recorded police death in 1792.
This year, that
reflection is even more heightened due to the tragic events of September
11, 2001. That was the deadliest day in law enforcement history,
when 70 law enforcement officers were killed in the terrorist attacks
at the World Trade Center in New York City. Our sympathies go out
to all who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.
As well, it
is just as important that we do not forget those closer to home.
Statistics reveal 141 law enforcement officers killed in the line
of duty in Connecticut. In Stamford, four officers have died in
the line of duty. Take the time to read about them, how they died,
the ultimate sacrifice they made, and the families they left behind.
Please remember them. I know we do.
Every May 15th
the Stamford Police Department holds a Memorial Service honoring
Officers killed in the line of duty. We will be honoring Stamford
Officers as well as Officers from neighboring towns. Show your respect
and appreciation for these Police Officers and to their families
by joining us in honoring them. (Call ahead for event time and location,