Dear Neighbor,

National Police week serves as a time to honor those brave men and women who put on the uniform, pin on the badge and place themselves in harm’s way each day to protect and serve our community. During my 30 years as a prosecutor and criminal court judge, I had the privilege of working alongside some of America’s heroes who have worn the badge—the shield—or the star over their heart. Each day they leave their families knowing they may not come home. Why? To protect ours. 

These men and women represent the best of our country. Underneath these uniforms are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, cousins and friends. They dedicate their lives to protecting our communities. As Americans, we must let them know that we support them and that we are grateful for all they do.

Yesterday I, along with the City of Humble, hosted the Second Annual Police Memorial Ceremony honoring the 128 fallen police officers who gave their lives, paying the ultimate sacrifice in 2015.  In Texas, we lost 11 officers in the line of duty to gunfire, automobile accidents and vehicular assaults, and two K-9s. Deputy Darren Goforth and Officer Tronoski Jones and Officer Richard Martin were from right here in Harris County. The families that have lost a loved one in the line of duty need to know that they are not alone, their loved one’s loss will not be forgotten and we will continue to honor their lives. 

I also had the opportunity to speak at the Texas Peace Officers Memorial ceremony in Austin, honoring all those Texans who gave their lives. Texans of all backgrounds and ages joined together to mourn for our brothers and sisters in blue whom we have lost. We all stood united, together in tribute. 

The thin blue line stands strong.  We stand united that in our freedom loving state and nation, good will always triumph over evil. To those in uniform, thank you. Thank you for representing everything that is good and right about our society. Know that despite the rhetoric that has taken over our communities and TVs at times, you do noble and just work. You are the everyday unsung heroes. Please join me in thanking our police officers. Back the Blue.

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GOD and TEXAS,

TED POE
Member of Congress
TEXAS