Posted 2 years ago
By John Axtell
Today is Peace Officers Memorial Day, created to honor law enforcement officers who’ve died in the line of duty. President Barack Obama and the governors of the 50 states have issued proclamations to fly American and state flags at half-staff today in memory of those officers.
Peace Officers Memorial Day fall during National Police Week, and many ceremonies and services have been held since Saturday, but the Chadron Police Department is hosting one today at 12:15 in the Greenwood Cemetery for the law enforcement agencies along Highway 20.
Chadron Chief Tim Lordino says the annual observance…which rotates between Chadron and Gordon…is intended to pay tribute to real-life heroes.
Lordino says law enforcement officers go to work every day knowing that there’s a risk they might not return home, but do it anyway.
He has a suggestion for those wanting to something for officers during National Police Week and it’s very simple: just tell them “thank you.”
134 law enforcement offices have lost their lives in the line of duty in Nebraska…the first in 1866 while it was still a territory. Those officers represent federal, state, county, municipal, and tribal agencies as well as railroad agents, game wardens, and correctional officers.