Community gathers to remember fallen police officers

Bevan said that 140 officers lost their lives a year ago, a 6 percent increase since 2015.

This week, May 15-19, marks National Police Week; it is a week in which we, as Americans, have an opportunity for all Americans to express appreciation and respect for our local, state and federal law enforcement officers.

On Thursday, families and dozens of police officers gathered for the annual Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Day Service at Lake Bluff Park. The tradition, which dates back to 1962 and originated under John F. Kennedy, honors the lives of fallen officers and their service.

The memorial, coinciding with National Police Week, took on even more significance following the Tuesday shooting death of Broadwater County sheriff's deputy Mason Moore.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, "law enforcement fatalities nationwide rose to their highest level in five years in 2016 with 143 officers killed in the line of duty".

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"And these young men and women are the guardians of our civilization", Wynn says.

"They sacrifice their life, their time, their family and so forth, always putting their life on the line, and there have been several officers that have lost their lives and paid the ultimate sacrifice", Munguia said.

Chattanooga Police Department Chief Fred Fletcher opened by thanking friends, family, police officers and elected officials for their support.

He noted that most police officers are active in their communities, as spouses, mothers or fathers, athletic coaches, tutors, church members or volunteers in civic groups.

"Honestly, none of us know if we'll go back home tonight when leave our homes, but most of us don't purposefully walk into unsafe situations like you do every single day", Hendrix said.

"There are twinges of sadness, as you see the family go up".

  • Archie Newman