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Honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice

National Police Week, May 12-18, pays recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the protection of others. Find out why officers should attend Police Week, learn how to honor the fallen and read moving words about the sacrifice made by fallen officers.

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“Being a police officer is not just what you do, it’s who you are…” President Joe Biden said. “…this extended family [of other law enforcement officers] will always be here for you.”
Not only does playing the bagpipes relieve stress, it can also bring a much needed sense of purpose
“We lost the future of our family,” Ruge’s mother said. “I just didn’t lose my 27-year-old son, I lost my 37-year-old son and my 47-year-old son and my 57-year-old son. I lost the kids that he was going to have... I lost all of that”
These teams come together to honor the memory of fallen officers and demonstrate their skills in ceremonial duties
In a heartfelt tribute, the Chicago Police Department honored fallen officers Aréanah Preston and Andrés Vásquez-Lasso
More than $17 million has been raised on GoFundMe for fallen or wounded first responders since 2010, according to the site
Frank Ray, a retired New Mexico police officer and country music recording artist, sang the national anthem and performed poignant musical tributes
During National Police Week, Ray paid his respects to Sgt. James Stanwood Noyes, an officer whose story is marked by bravery and tragic loss
During National Police Week, we caught up with Frank Ray, who now serves as NLEOMF’s honorary Chief Ambassador and advocates for responders’ mental health
This year’s honorees include 118 officers killed in the line of duty in 2023, along with 164 who died in previous years