It was a dreary day as fallen police officers from across the country were being remembered.
Sheriff Joel Richardson of the Randall County Sheriff’s Department says, “We know that the weather has kept a few people away today, but we still have a great crowd here.”
No police officers from the High Plains died while on duty in the last year, but names of fallen Texas Panhandle officers from the past were read, before a moment of silence.
Sgt. Thomas Higgins of the Amarillo Police Department says, “This day was established by John F. Kennedy back in 1962 as a way to pay tribute and honor to those officers who have been lost in the line of duty.”
This day kicks off national police week, which they honored with a wreath laying.
Sgt. Higgins says, “Everything centers around the wreath laying portion of this, and then once the wreath is laid we have a 21 gun salute followed by taps and that will be the conclusion of the service.”
In 2015 there were 128 police killed nationwide, that means there are now 128 fractured families, a fact Sgt. Higgins says can’t be forgotten.
Sgt. Higgins explained, “I think that it reminds the families of those officers who have been lost, you know the rest of us have not forgotten their sacrifices.”
Sheriff Richardson says events like this are what make the Texas Panhandle special.
He says, “It’s an honor to serve in the Texas Panhandle where law enforcement is actually backed by the public.”