Cochran and Wicker Honor Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty
Four Mississippians Honored at National Police Week 2012 Ceremony at U.S. Capitol
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today issued tributes to the four law enforcement officers from Mississippi whose service was extolled at a national ceremony to honor officers killed in the line of duty.
The fallen Mississippi officers were remembered on Tuesday at the 31st annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service on the U.S. Capitol Grounds. Their names have been added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington as part of National Police Week 2012 activities.
“Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to fulfill the principles of promoting the general welfare and ensuring domestic tranquility as stated in the preamble of our Constitution. Too many of these public servants are taken from us every year,” Cochran said. “I join Mississippians and all Americans in paying respect to the brave officers honored during this year’s memorial services.”
“Mississippi tragically lost two law enforcement officers who were serving in the line of duty last year,” said Wicker. “Their sacrifice is a reminder of the difficult and dangerous job held by those who are sworn to serve and protect. We are grateful for the service of all law enforcement personnel as well as their families who stand behind them.”
The Mississippians added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this year include:
• Patrolman James G. Brooks, Sr., Madison Police Department, March 23, 2011
• Captain John W. Haddock, Grenada Police Department, Oct. 7, 2011
• Sheriff William P. Harris, DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, Nov. 25, 1912
• City Marshal Richard M. Cloy, McComb Police Department, July 8, 1891
More than 360 names were added to the memorial this year, including 162 officers killed in the line of duty in 2011 and 199 officers who died in previous years but whose sacrifices are being recognized now.
Today’s memorial service was hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary. The overall national observance is organized by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Concerns of Police Survivors, the FOP and FOPA.
National Police Officers Memorial Day was first designated in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy.
• National Police Week: http://www.policeweek.org/
• National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund: http://www.nleomf.org/