QUICK THOUGHT: Do You Appreciate Police Officers - National Peace Officer Memorial Day

By Kyle Quick

Why are flags at half-staff today?  This is a question I am sure many of you have asked yourself.  Flags have been lowered to half-staff because today is National Peace Officer Memorial Day.  A day that we honor those who have died in efforts to protect the lives of others and a day that we say “thank you” to the men and women who continue risking their lives each and everyday.

In 2013, 100 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers paid the ultimate sacrifice, the fewest number killed in the line of duty since 1945(94). According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s website.

Each year, America sets aside a week to salute the men and women who do the difficult, dangerous, and often thankless work of safeguarding our communities.
Our Nation's peace officers embody the very idea of citizenship -- that along with our rights come responsibilities, both to ourselves and to others

During Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, we celebrate those who protect and serve us every minute of every day, and we honor the courageous officers who devoted themselves so fully to others that in the process they laid down their lives.

Just as police officers never let down their guard, we must never let slide our gratitude. We should extend our thanks not only in times of tragedy, but for every tragedy averted -- every accident avoided because a patrol officer took a drunk driver off the streets, every child made safer because a criminal was brought to justice, every life saved because police officers raced to the scene. In other words, we must show our gratitude every day.

We are blessed here in New Haven to have a police department of officers who truly care about the safety of our community.

It is rare for smaller communities to have officers who spend the vast majority if not their entire career’s with one department.  This is a testament to their dedication and care for our community.

The next time you see a any police officer take a second to say thank you, let them know you appreciate all they do and are thankful for the sacrifices they make.

QuickNewsNow would like to thank not only our local police officers but all law enforcement for everything you do and most importantly your willingness to put our lives ahead of your own life.
Roll Call of the 100 officers who were killed in the line of duty.

 Roll Call of the 100 officers who were killed in the line of duty.

Eliezer

COLON-CLAUSSELLS

1/10/13

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Department of Corrections

Mayra Del Carmen

RAMIREZ-BARRETO

1/10/13

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Department of Justice

Kevin A

TONN

1/15/13

California

Galt Police Department

Michael Wayne

SLAGLE

1/25/13

Tennessee

Tennessee Department of Safety

Frederick Albert

RIGGENBACH

1/26/13

Federal

Chitimacha Tribal Police Department

Clay

CRABB

10/16/13

Texas

Austin Police Department

Patrick

HILL

10/19/13

Michigan

Detroit Police Department

Billy

KENNEDY

10/2/13

Texas

Upton County Sheriff's Department

Keith

CRENSHAW

10/23/13

Mississippi

Eurpoa Police Department

Richard E.

WILLIAMS

10/26/11

Georgia

Atlanta Police Department

Robert

BINGAMAN

10/29/13

North Car.

Asheville Police Department

Casey

KOHLMEIER

10/30/13

Illinois

Pontiac Police Department

Joseph M

PETERS

10/6/13

Federal

US Army Criminal Investigations

Steven Keith

FLEMING

11/1/13

Texas

Gainesville Police Department

Daniel Verle

DAVIS

11/10/13

Alabama

Phenix City Police Department

Ross M.

RILEY

11/20/13

New York

New York State Police

Joseph C.

ANTWINE

11/29/13

South Car.

Florence County Sheriff's Office

Robert

LIBKE

11/4/13

Oregon

Oregon City Police Department

Adam

DAVIS

12/11/13

Texas

Bell County Sheriff's Office

Travis R.

OBENDORF

12/13/13

Federal

Coast Guard

David

CUNNIFF

12/17/13

New York

New York State Police

Ronald Lewis

RAY

12/17/13

Tennessee

Shelby County Sheriff's Office

Clinton H

FRAZIER

12/18/13

Mississippi

Union County Sheriff's Office

Adam

SOWDERS

12/19/13

Texas

Burleson County Sheriff's Office

Cuauhtemoc

ESTRADA

12/20/13

Illinois

Cook County Sheriff's Office

Robert C. Jr.

DECKARD

12/20/13

Texas

San Antonio Police Department

Jeffrey H

BRYANT

12/20/13  

Alabama

Centre Police Department

Kevin "Gale"

STAUFFER

12/23/13

Mississippi

Tupelo Police Department

Jeremy W

MEYST

12/24/13

California

Tulare County Sheriff's Office

Robert

BARON

12/6/13

New Mexico

Sandoval County Sheriff's Office

William Michael

McGARY

2/1/13

Arkansas

Conway Police Department

Jeremiah Alan

MACKAY

2/12/13

California

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office

Tom

CLEMENTS

2/12/13

Colorado

Colorado Department of Corrections

Joshua Phillip

LYNAUGH

2/16/13

Minnesota

St. Paul Police Department

Patricia A.

PARETE

2/2/13

New York

Buffalo Police Department

Eric J.

WILLIAMS

2/25/13

Federal

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Loran Lee Jr.

BAKER

2/26/13

California

Santa Cruz Police Department

Elizabeth Chase

BUTLER

2/26/13

California

Santa Cruz Police Department

Gary

MORALES

2/28/13

Florida

St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office

Keith

LAWRENCE

2/3/13

California

University of Southern California Department of Public Safety

Billy

GRIMSLEY

2/3/13

Virginia

Portsmouth Sheriff's Office

Michael Daniel

CRAIN

2/7/13

California

Riverside Police Department

Thomas Olaf

MADOLE

3/19/13

Alaska

Alaska State Troopers

Randy

BOYKIN

3/19/13

Mississippi

Enterprise Police Department

Terry Wayne

JOHNSON

3/2/13

Arkansas

Sebastian County Sheriff's Office

Gilbert

CORTEZ

3/25/13

California

Department of Corrections

Larry

JOHNSON

3/26/13

Arkansas

5th Judicial District Drug Task Force

James Michael

SAUTER

3/29/13

Illinois

Illinois State Police

Tage Brandel

TOLL

3/30/13

Alaska

Alaska State Troopers

Junius A

WALKER

3/7/13

Virginia

Virginia State Police

Donald E.

BISHOP

4/12/13

Wisconsin

Brookfield Police Department

Peggy

SYLVESTER

4/14/13

Louisiana

Opelousas Police Department

Sean Allen

COLLIER

4/18/13

Mass.

Massachusettes Institute of Technology Police Department

Chad Christina

KEY

4/20/13

Texas

Grayson County Sheriff's Office

Douglas Leon

HANNA

4/21/13

Oklahoma

Washita County Sheriff's Office

Joseph Shane

ROBBINS

4/26/13

Florida

Polk County Sheriff's Office

Larry Dale

CANDELARI

4/26/13

Texas

Pasadena Police Department

Eric Tyrone Sr.

SMITH

4/4/13

Mississippi

Jackson Police Department

Hans

FIFER

4/8/13

Arkansas

Faulkner County Sheriff's Office

Anthony Q. Sr.

BARFIELD

4/9/13

Georgia

Barwick Police Department

Charles J.

WASSIL Jr.

5/1/13

New York

Peekskill Police Department

Christopher William

LOREK

5/17/13

Federal

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Stephen Palmer

SHAW

5/17/13

Federal

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Daryl

RAETZ

5/19/13

Arizona

Phoenix Police Department

Timothy Eugene

CAUSEY

5/19/13

South Car.

Horry County Sheriff's Office

William IV

McCARTHY

5/2/13

Penn.

Shenango Twp. Police Department

Jason Scott

ELLIS

5/25/13

Kentucky

Bardstown Police Department

Cody Don

CARPENTER

5/31/13

Arkansas

Scott County Sheriff's Office

Sean Michael Jr.

O'CONNELL

5/31/13

Washington

Washington State Patrol

Timothy Allen

HUFFMAN

5/6/13

Arizona

Arizona Department of Public Safety

William Jason

SPRAGUE

6/15/13

Texas

Texarkana Police Department

Joel Lee

CAMPORA

6/2/13

Arkansas

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

James Terry

WATSON

6/21/13

Federal

DOJ/Drug Enforcement Agency

Steven George

NETHERLAND

6/24/13

Louisiana

Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office

Lance Allen

McLEAN

6/29/13

Texas

Hood County Sheriff's Office

Robert

HORNSBY

7/14/13

Texas

Kileen Police Department

Bruce

JACOB

7/20/13

Mississippi

Jackson Police Department

David

VANBUSKIRK

7/22/13

Nevada

Las Vegas Metro Police Department

Winston I. Jr.

MARTINDALE

7/24/13

New York

New York State Police

Thomas Keith

SLAY

7/30/13

Georgia

Columbus Police Department

Rodney

THOMAS

7/7/13

Louisiana

New Orleans Police Department

Leonard R.

LUNA Jr.

7/8/13

California

Hawthorne Police Department

Ivorie G.

KLUSMANN

8/10/13

Georgia

DeKalb County Police Department

Jonathan R.

LONG

8/15/13

Ohio

Akron Police Department

Jorge L.

GARCIA

8/19/13

Texas

Pharr Police Department

Daniel

LOMAX

8/22/13

Penn.

Forest City Police Department

William P

KEANE

8/23/13

New York

New York State Police

Jason

SCHNEIDER

8/28/13

Maryland

Baltimore County Police Department

Jeff G.

WATSON

8/4/13

Louisiana

St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office

Michael Lee

WILSON

8/5/13

Florida

Charlotte County Sheriff's Office

Chad

SHAW

8/6/13

Kentucky

McCracken County Sheriff's Office

Derek

JOHNSON

9/1/13

Utah

Draper Police Department

David

ALLFORD

9/11/13

Oklahoma

Okfuskee County Sheriff's Office

Jamie

BUENTING

9/13/13

Iowa

Rockwell City Police Department

Rodney Wayne

JONES

9/14/13

Michigan

Detroit Police Department

Michael Dale

STOCKWELL 

9/17/13

Alabama

Orange Beach Police Department

Rod

BRADWAY

9/20/13

Indiana

Indianapolis Metro Police Department

Jon Steven

COUTCHIE

9/21/13

California

Laguna Beach Police Department

Daniel

RIVERA

9/21/13

Florida

Broward County Sheriff's Department

Frank J. Sr.

LEMA

9/26/13

Federal

US Department of Defense- Naval

Paul

BUTTERFIELD

9/9/13

Michigan

Michigan State Police