Bud Cesena, one of two candidates chosen by voters for the two seats on the County Commission up for election this year, appeared at Monday night's (May 14th) County Commissioners meeting.
"I'm not here as a Commissioner candidate," he said during the Public Comments portion of the meeting; "I'm here to ask you to pass a resolution honoring law enforcement officers during National Police Week." Commissioners later adopted a resolution acknowledging the sacrifices made by police, deputies and others in law enforcement.
Communities across the United States gather during National Police Week to remember law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, to share their stories of courage and sacrifice, and to honor their memory.
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
Last year, 129 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. That number, however, represents a ten percent decrease over 2016 when 143 officers died in the line of duty. Forty-six law enforcement officers were shot and killed in 2017.
This year, the names of 360 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty will
be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, including 231 officers who died earlier in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had not been previously documented. With the addition of those 360 names this year, a total of 21,541 officers’ names are engraved on the Memorial.
Among those added this year will be several officers from North Carolia:
Major Jay R. Memmelaar, Jr., Goldsboro Police Department, who died in February 2017.
Sargent Meggan L. Callahan, North Carolina Department of Public Safety – Division of Prisons, who died in April 2017.
Officer Justin Smith, North Carolina Department of Public Safety – Division of Prisons, who died in October 2017.
Officer Wendy Shannon, North Carolina Department of Public Safety – Division of Prisons, who died in October 2017.
Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden, North Carolina Department of Public Safety – Division of Prisons, who died in October 2017.
US North Carolina Western District Attorney Andrew Murray noted that along with remembering the officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, “National Police Week is an opportunity to thank and recognize everyone in the law enforcement community, who bravely stand on the front lines each day. Like many others before them, these officers took an oath to serve and protect our neighborhoods, our homes, and our loved ones from harm. They do it every day, willingly and bravely, despitethe dangers and challenges that come with wearing their uniform. I am thankful for all they do to keep our communities safe and their willingness to answer the ultimate call of duty.”
On Friday (May 18th) Murray will speak at the Peace Officer Memorial Service in Catawba County, sponsored by the Catawba County Fraternal Order of
Police Lodge #26. The Memorial Service will be held at the Catawba Memorial Park, 3060 Highway 70 SE, in Hickory.
The Lincoln Herald joins Commissioner-elect Cesena (he and Milton Sigmon, the other GOP nominee have no opponent in the November election), the Lincoln County Commissioners, and others in saying "thank you" to those who 'protect and serve' and in remembering those who have died in service as law enforcement officers.
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