If you’ve ever been in Washington, D.C. during National Police Week, you know that it’s a moving experience. Law enforcement officers and their families come to our nation’s capital from all corners of this country to honor those whose end of watch came too soon.
Check out this amazing picture from Saturday’s vigil:
This week is a sobering reminder of the very real dangers facing our law enforcement — and just how many pay the ultimate sacrifice.
To do our part in honoring them, the House passed several bills aimed at providing law enforcement the tools they need to keep our communities safe.
Here’s how House Republicans honored their communities during #NationalPoliceWeek:
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) Rides Along with the Middletown Township Police to Kick off Police Week:
“…I saw firsthand the service and profound commitment to duty of police around our county, and our community. The dedication and sacrifice of our Blue Line deserves to be respected every day, but Police Week is a special time to thank those serving, those who have served, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. To each, we are eternally grateful.”
“This is a time when we come together as a country to recognize the sacrifices of our police officers that they make for us every time that they put on that uniform.”
“I’m a big believer that what you see you carry in your heart, you remember it more. I could read about statistics all day on paper but if you see it and experience it and talk to the people it effects, you’re going to be a lot more passionate about it when you’re working on behalf of those issues.”
“Their names will forever be etched in hearts and on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial along with the over 21,000 that came before them. Passersby may not recognize these names, but they are the names of our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers and friends. Some were ambushed and executed; some lost their lives responding to a call to save a life or someone who called for help. These are the men and women who gave their lives so we could, in many cases, keep ours.”
“Humbled to join the Jackson Police Department and Madison County Sheriff’s Office…in remembering fallen officers at the Jackson Police Memorial Day Ceremony. …we should honor and support these heroes every day.”
“Every time our law enforcement officers put on their uniform, they are saying ‘send me.’ In cities and small towns all over the United States, law enforcement officers act as our protectors, defenders, and ambassadors of peace. They hold that thin blue line between thriving, healthy communities and chaos.”
“This week, our nation honors the men and women of law enforcement. As Arkansas saw last week, law enforcement officers too often make the ultimate sacrifice.”
“Since 1962, our nation has dedicated one week out of the year to honor all our law enforcement officers who valiantly protect us each and every day. This week’s police week is a solemn time for our community, as the name of our very own hero, St. Louis County Officer Blake Snyder was etched into the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.”
“These heroes deserve to know that the people for whom they have given so much are forever grateful. It really is the least that we can do for these brave men and women.
In Harris County, Texas, we recognize and remember the lives of Chief Clinton Greenwood and Deputy Darren Goforth, who worked tirelessly to keep Houston safe. Both of these men served their communities and families honorably, and we’re so grateful for their sacrifice. …we must always honor and protect those who protect us.”
Members of the House Homeland Security Committee met with officers to thank them for their dedication and service:
Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX): “Police officers across the country wake up every morning unaware of the challenges they may face, the threats they must overcome, and the lives they will affect and protect in the process. …I believe in backing the Blue.”