Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) joined Congressman Michael Guest (MS-03) and Congresswoman Julia Letlow (LA-05) in introducing H. Res. 386, a resolution expressing support of the United States House of Representatives for recognizing National Police Week and honoring the 394 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2020.
In 1962, President Kennedy issued the first proclamation recognizing National Police Week, remembering and honoring law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifices. Each year, during National Police Week, our nation celebrates the contributions of law enforcement from around the country, recognizing their hard work, dedication, loyalty, and commitment to keeping our communities safe. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted law enforcement officers’ courage and unwavering devotion to the communities that they have sworn to serve.
“Now more than ever, Congress should show our gratitude to our nation’s law enforcement for their service and sacrifice,” said Congressman Lucas. “I’m thankful every day for the work of our communities’ law enforcement, and I’m proud to join my colleagues in supporting the officers who serve and protect while paying tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our communities.”
Earlier this year, the names of 394 officers killed in the line of duty were added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC., including Oklahoma’s Bryan County Deputy Sheriff Jarid Don Taylor, Canadian County Sheriff Lieutenant Shirley Jo Lanning, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain Jeffery Wade Sewell, and Tulsa Police Sergeant Craig Vincent Johnson.
“As a Congress, it’s important to amplify our respect to police officers and reverence for those officers who have paid the ultimate price in service to their communities. Every day, law enforcement officers place their lives in harm’s way so that Americans can pursue the opportunities that make our country great. I’m thankful every day for the hard work of our law enforcement community, and, with this resolution, we can send a positive message to our officers that their Congress supports their efforts and joins the nation in remembering the brave heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend their communities from violence and crime,” Guest said.
To learn more about National Police Week or the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, visit nleomf.org.