Poe Resolution Honoring Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Passes U.S. House Unanimously

H.Res. 291 Recognizes Peace Officers Memorial Day

WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Ted Poes (TX-02) resolution honoring Peace Officers Memorial Day passed the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously. The bill, paying tribute to our nations first line of defenders, had 78 bipartisan cosponsors.

Law enforcement officers are a special breed of people, said Poe. Donning the uniform and badge of a law officer, they swear on an oath to uphold law and order, and vow to protect the citizens of their communities.

Every 53 hours, a peace officer is killed in the line of duty in the United States. Last year, in 2006, 143 officers gave their lives while protecting and serving this Nations citizens. Each year, the President issues a proclamation naming May 15th as National Peace Officer Memorial Day.

Members of Congress must pay the same tribute to the brave men and women who wear the badge of a law enforcement officer and support the goals and ideals of designating May 15, 2007 as National Peace Officer Memorial Day, said Poe.

In carrying out their duties, law enforcement officers are routinely subjected to threats against their personal safety. According to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, more than 56,000 law enforcement officers are assaulted each year in the line of duty.

Luckily, most law enforcement officers walk away from a fight with nothing more than minor injures and the suspect in handcuffs, said Poe. There are those community protectors, however, who are not as lucky losing their lives in the line of duty. I ask each of you to take the time today and honor those who lost their lives serving us.

Congressman Poe attended the 26th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service sponsored by the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary. The Memorial Service was held Tuesday, May 15, 2007 on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.