Thursday, 10 May 2007 01:00
National Police WeekWritten by WGCU Newsroom
Next week is National Police Week. And along with numerous ceremonies scheduled in the nation’s capitol, officials will remember the hundreds of officers killed on duty nationwide in 2006.
Last year 145 law enforcement officers across the country died while on duty. Sixteen of those were from Florida which was the third highest number in the nation. Those killed along with another 237 officers from past years will have their names added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Chairman and CEO of the national law enforcement officers memorial fund Craig Floyd says walking into the memorial is a special experience.
"The memorial is a beautiful three acre park in place appropriately named judiciary square. As you walk into this three acre park you will be embraced by two marble walls, on either side that have the names of nearly 18-thousand federal, state, and local law enforcement officers that have been killed in the line of duty."
One name added to the memorial will be a Lee County sheriff’s deputy who was killed in the line of duty while making a traffic stop. Deputy Margena Nunez died last October when she was hit by a drunk driver. National Police Week runs from May 13th through the 19th.
The name of Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy Margena Nunez will be one of sixteen law enforcement officers from Florida memorialized next week in Washington D-C. May 13th through the 19th is National Police Week. And thousands of law enforcement officials along with family are expected to show up in the nation’s capitol for the week long ceremony. The events are hosted by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. CEO of the Fund, Craig Floyd, describes some of the events scheduled for Sunday.
“It’s a time where 20-thousand or more police officers and survivors of the fallen and supporters of law enforcement from the general public…attend and stand at the memorial, listen to speeches, listen to beautiful songs, we light candles in honor of the fallen…we shine a blue laser light skyward in honor of the thin blue line of protection that law enforcement provides our country.”
Officials will add 145 names to the memorial this year which is the number of law enforcement officers that died in 2006 while on duty. There are nearly 18-thousand names on the memorial that date back to 1792.