SEASIDE - The week of May 13 through May 19 our Nation honors the men and women who serve our Country, States, Counties, and Cities in law enforcement. May 15 has been selected as the day the American Flag will be lowered to half-staff as a special tribute to the over 19,000 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.
2011 saw 166 law enforcement officers make the ultimate sacrifice for their communities. This is six more that in 2010 and twenty-eight more than in 2009.
The names of those who lost their lives in 2011 will be added to the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial in Washington, DC during this years memorial ceremony.
Seaside Mayor Don Larsen proclaimed May 13 through the 19 as National Police Week, and May 15, as Peace Officer Memorial Day. Clatsop County police officers, deputies, families and friends will honor fallen officers during Peace Officer Memorial Week on Monday May 14, at the Seaside Convention Center at 6 P.M.
We invite the community to come remember and honor those police officers that have given their lives that we may live in safe communities, said Bob Gross, Seaside Police Chief. Come share this special time with us as we offer our thanks to these men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice and to the families they have left behind.
In 2011 Oregon tragically lost three officers. During our May 14 community ceremony, participants will take time to remember Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter, Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen, and Oregon State Correctional Officer Buddy Herron.
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. This year, National Police Week will be May 13-19.
In 2011, 67 officers were killed by gun fire. 34 were killed in an automobile accident. 4 were struck by a vehicle. 1 was killed in an explosion. 4 were killed during a vehicle pursuit and 11 died of a heart attack. 155 were male and 11 were female. The average age was 41 and the average tour of duty was 12 years, 9 months.
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