Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

Tomorrow, families across the country will join together, many traveling great distances, to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Unfortunately, far too many will be celebrating without a beloved family member. This year alone 145 law enforcement heroes have been killed in the line of duty, a 45% percent increase from this time last year.

The Memorial Fund expresses our gratitude and thanks for all of America's law enforcement officers, especially heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Officers such as Hector Ismael Ayala of Montgomery County (MD) Police Department. Officer Ayala was responding to a call when his police cruiser crashed into a tree. He left behind a wife, Melissa, and four children, including triplets born in this June, shortly after Officer Ayala's death.

And Officers Brandon Paudert and Bill Evans of the West Memphis (AR) Police Department, who were conducting a routine traffic stop when they were brutally shot and killed. Two other officers were injured trying to catch their killers. Officer Paudert's father, Bob, is the Chief of West Memphis.

Everyday law enforcement officers work to protect and serve the American public. The holidays are no exception;they give up time with their families to protect our travels and ensure our safety. And for this, we are truly thankful.

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