Remembering our fallen officers

  • Thursday, May 15, 2014

To the Editor:

The week of Sunday May 11 to Saturday May 17 is National Police Week.

In 1962 President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day.

During National Police Week our nation recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. Law Enforcement and pays tribute to those who have died in the line of duty.

Throughout our history over 21,743 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty , with 343 line of duty deaths occurring in South Carolina.

On October 15, 1991 the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was dedicated at Judiciary Square in Washington, D.C.

The names of fallen officers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories are engraved on the Memorial. Also listed are the names of federal law enforcement officers and military police who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

Annually on May 15 a candlelight vigil is held at the Memorial to remember fallen officers and to give support to their loved ones.

The American Legion through its Law and Order Program pauses to remember the members of Law Enforcement who have given their lives while protecting us and preserving the peace. Police officers, sheriffs, state troopers, corrections officers and federal agents such as FBI , the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Customs work around the clock to protect the public from drug dealers, criminals and terrorists that seek to destroy the American way of life.

The men and women of law enforcement are deserving of our respect, honor and support.

On May 15 all U.S. Flags are flown at half-staff in tribute to our fallen law enforcement officers. In Georgetown County we honor the memory of Major Cecil Spencer Guerry of the Georgetown Police Department who died from gunfire on March 9, 1994 and Police Officer James C. Surry who also died from gunfire on September 29, 1900.

We also honor the memory of Georgetown County Deputy Sheriff’s Deputy Claude M. Parsons who was killed in a vehicle pursuit on July 21, 1949.

Parents can most of all teach their children to respect our law enforcement officers and go to the police when they need help or are approached by an unknown stranger.

The public can support law enforcement by reporting suspicious and criminal activity in the community. Every time an emergency is reported to 911 our police respond to protect and serve the public.

During National Police Week and daily we owe our law enforcement officers respect and a job well done.

Greg Bennett

Law & Order Chairman

American Legion

Andrews American Legion

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