Police Losses Remembered with Candlelight Vigil in DC

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Police Losses Remembered with Candlelight Vigil in DC

On Friday, May 13, thousands of  families and police gathered in Washington DC for a candlelight vigil honoring  police officers lost in the line of duty.

Screenshot of the vigil on the National Mall via Independent Journal- photo credit: Kayla Brandon

May 15, National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day/National Police Week

John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation in 1962 that designated May 15 as Peace Officer’s Memorial Day and the week in which it fell as National Police week. Services began in 1982 with just 120 supporters  gathered in Senate Park in Washington, D.C.

Between 25,000 and 40,000 people usually attend the events.

The Independent Journal wrote,

Arguably the most heartbreaking part of watching families file in was seeing how young some survivors truly were.

From babies to teenagers, these kids had experienced a loss that undoubtedly rocked their world, yet many of them seemed to have a sense of comfort while holding onto officers who were also grieving the loss of co-workers and friends, too.

Heartbreaking

The aftereffects of a police officer who dies in the line of duty reverberate not only through the families, but through the ranks of whatever department is involved. The images of a fallen co-worker live with them forever.

In 1998, an Idaho State Trooper and mother of 3 was murdered in the parking lot of her own office. Linda Huff walked out of the State Police office only to be shot by the suspect 14 times. The fatal shot was made to her head as she lay helpless on the ground. All she ever wanted to be was a law enforcement officer, to serve her community and her family.

Some of the officers who served with her still have those images of her body in their minds today. And last year, when a local city officer was murdered after a traffic stop, it was extremely difficult for a few to go to the memorial service. They are human, after all.

Sgt Greg Moore from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho was added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial and the ceremony on Friday honored him as well as the others who died in the line of duty in 2015.

What does the future hold for law enforcement? It’s a dangerous occupation, but a necessary one. Without that “thin blue line”  life would be far more dangerous than it is already.

 

 

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