"Like police officers across the country, these men and their families shared a commitment to something larger than themselves. They weren’t looking for their names to be up in lights. They’d tell you the pay was decent, but wouldn’t make you rich. They could have told you about the stress and long shifts. And they’d probably agree with Chief Brown when he said that cops don’t expect to hear the words “thank you” very often, especially from those who need them the most.
No. The reward comes in knowing that our entire way of life in America depends on the rule of law, that the maintenance of that law is a hard and daily labor, that in this country we don’t have soldiers in the streets or militias setting the rules.
Instead, we have public servants, police officers."
From President Obama's address after the Dallas police officer killings
Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for another. John 15:13
CAPTAIN JERRY RALPH FOSTER
Nemo Me Impune Lacassit
It's written on the bands that cover our badges when one
of our brothers or sisters is killed in the line of duty. It
means, You may not harm me with impunity. It's a
statement that demands justice, but it means so much more.
It's a reminder that those who wear the badge are a family,
linked together by our common calling to serve others. When
one of us is killed in the line of duty we mourn our loss, but
we honor their sacrifice by forging forward and holding the
thin blue line.
Rest in peace brothers.
You are gone but will never be forgotten.
DEPUTY JASON PATRICK NORLING
The Officer Down Memorial site records every peace officer who has died in the line of duty within the United States. For more information visit The Officer Down Memorial.
When a peace officer or firefighter is killed in the line of duty, the 100 Club helps their surviving dependents pick up the pieces. For more information visit The 100 Club.
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