KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Extend Invitation to Law Enforcement Memorial Service

Kingsport Police Department

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Extend Invitation to Law Enforcement Memorial Service
DATE: May 7, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. Traditionally, the local Fraternal Order of Police Burgess-Mills Lodge #11 conducts a Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Kingsport Justice Center, located at 200 Shelby Street in Downtown Kingsport, on Monday afternoon of National Police Week.

The service this year will be held this coming Monday, May 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM. The Kingsport Police Department extends an open invitation to anyone who would like to join us as we remember and honor our local fallen officers, as well as all fallen officers throughout the nation. Kingsport City Manager, Jeff Fleming, will deliver the keynote address with the Kingsport Police Department Honor Guard conducting the ceremonial honors. United States Congressman Phil Roe has also announced his plans to be in attendance.

The following excerpt is shared from the website of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund:

“Today, in the United States, some 900,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others. They serve with valor and distinction – and with great success. Federal statistics show that violent and property crime rates in the United States are at historic lows, thanks in large measure to the dedicated service of the men and women of law enforcement.

That protection comes at a price, however. Each year, there are approximately 60,000 assaults on law enforcement officers, resulting in nearly 16,000 injuries. Sadly, over the last decade, an average of 150 officers a year have been killed in the line of duty. And throughout U.S. history, more than 20,000 law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

The following two inscriptions are found on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.

“This Memorial is dedicated to all Law Enforcement Officers in the United States of America. Inscribed on these walls are the names of those men and women who died in the line of duty.”

“It is not how these officers died that made them heroes. It is how they lived.”

Links to the National Police Week website, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website, and the Officer Down Memorial Page are provided below:

www.PoliceWeek.org

http://www.NLEOMF.com

www.ODMP.org

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit