On May 17, 1792, Sheriff Isaac Smith from New York became the first police officer killed in the line of duty. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week as National Police Week.This was established by a joint resolution of Congress.
Throughout history, our communities in the United States have lost more than 21,183 officers, as of the end of 2016.
So far this year, we have lost 46 lives across the nation, and the dedication and loyalty of these men and women is beyond doubt, as they work in the most courageous profession.
Since 1916, we have lost 11 officers here in Lincoln County in the line of duty. When a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty, the entire nation suffers.
On Monday, May 15, 2017, there will be a memorial service at noon at Memorial Park for all of our fallen officers.
After our memorial, we will have a meal, along with a free will donation. If anything, this is a way we can start a law enforcement memorial that will be located by the 20th Century Veterans Memorial at Iron Horse Park.
As a reserve officer in the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, I can only say it is an honor to work with these American heroes and be a part of this great tribute.
Please try to make our special service to honor our law enforcement and community. May God bless all our officers in our community.
By Kevin Kennedy, North Platte