The names of 360 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, including 129 who died in 2017 and 231 who died in years prior, were formally dedicated Sunday evening at the 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Mall.
Communities in the Lakeway Area are honoring law enforcement this week during National Police Week.
In the fall, the National Police Officers Museum will finally open. The memorial now has more than 21,000 names engraved. Also added will be the name of Zack C. Ramsey, a Cherokee County sheriff's deputy killed on October 2, 1942. Deputy Braden unfortunately passed away in a auto crash after attempting to stop a vehicle whose driver refused to stop; leading him on a high-speed chase.
Two of the four officers honored passed away in 2017. She served the department for 17 years.
A fourth prison worker, Geoffrey Howe, also died as a result of the inmate attack at Pasquotank Correctional Institute a year ago.
Keith Bradford Sr., Turrell Police Chief helped launch the community's police department in 2012.
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Officer Browning was shot and killed on Madison Street in front of the Post Office while responding to a call of a man with a shotgun. Chief Bradford checked to ensure the other officers involved in the incident were safe, but he was left shaken.
"On the other hand, within these challenges is an opportunity for law enforcement to play a role in helping our youth avoid the dangers and pitfalls brought about by numerous social challenges faced by growing up in impoverished areas, struggling to survive and obtain an education, and realize there is a big world of opportunity waiting for them".
The keynote speaker will Sgt. Gabriel Gomez of the Texas Attorney General's Office, who has been in law enforcement for over 20 years and is also an Army helicopter pilot attached to one of the Special Forces teams.
It is important for everyone to remember that being a police officer can be, and very often is, a unsafe profession. My Administration proudly salutes the patriots in law enforcement who selflessly serve our Nation.
Isaac said the service is about honoring the memory, dedication and commitment to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
It's a day set aside to honor all peace officers who have died or been injured in the line of duty. "Their courage and sacrifice will always be remembered".