Proos urges residents to honor fallen police officers

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos is encouraging Southwest Michigan families to honor and remember law enforcement officials who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, as well as the families, friends and fellow colleagues they have left behind.

“Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe and respond in times of crisis. Sadly, last year 117 of these brave men and women never returned home,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I encourage residents to join communities nationwide and across Michigan as we pay tribute to the many brave officers who lost their lives in service to our community.”

In 1962, Congress established May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week on which it falls as National Police Week. This year, police week is being observed May 10-16.

The annual Law Enforcement Memorial Day Service will begin at noon on Friday, May 15, at the Law Enforcement Memorial located in Lake Bluff Park in St. Joseph.

“Remembering our fallen officers is a great reminder about how blessed we are to have such amazing, selfless officers here in Michigan,” Proos said. “I encourage all residents to take the time to thank them for all they do to make Michigan a better, safer place to live.”

This year, the names of 273 officers will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Newly engraved names include those of the 117 officers killed in 2014 and an additional 156 officers who died in previous years.

The names will be read on Wednesday, May 13 during the 27th Annual Candlelight Vigil. For residents who wish to experience this ceremony but cannot attend in person, the vigil will be broadcast live online beginning at 8 p.m. at www.LawMemorial.org/webcast.

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Editor’s Note: Audio comments by Proos are available on the senator’s website at: www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.