Local police mark National Police Memorial Week

– National Police Memorial Week 2016 runs from May 15 to 21.

Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers and survivors will gather in the nation’s capital to honor those killed in the line of duty. Local Police will wear a black and blue mourning band over their badges as a tribute to the more than 20,000 Police Officers who were killed in the line of duty

On a cold afternoon in January 2015, Sean Renfro was helping a young family involved in a car crash on a snowy Colorado road. The off-duty police sergeant invited the family to wait in his warm truck while help arrived, and he and his friend got out to direct traffic. They were chatting and joking around when an SUV lost control on the ice and struck Sgt. Renfro, killing the father of four.

Renfro was the first U.S. police officer to be killed in the line of duty last year, just three days into 2015. By the end of the year, 123 officers lost their lives while doing their job. They’ll all be honored during events around National Police Week.

May 15th was declared National Peace Officers Memorial Day in 1962, and every year since then, law enforcement officers and their families have gathered in Washington, D.C. to honor those who have been killed in the line of duty.

This year, the names of 252 fallen officers will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, including 123 who died in 2015.
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