Wednesday, July 17, 2024

County designates July 7 as Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Day

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The Hood County Commissioners Court unanimously voted to designate July 7 as Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Day in Hood County during a regularly scheduled meeting June 21.

According to the proclamation, Gov. Greg Abbott originally designated July 7 as Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Day in Texas in 2016 in recognition of the ultimate sacrifice made by Texas law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Abbott made the day official with the signing of House Bill 3042 during the 85th legislative session, following the 2016 attack on peace officers in Dallas. The attack resulted in the death of five officers.

The proclamation states this was the deadliest attack on U.S. law enforcement since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

"It is our officers who put their lives on the line for us every day, to ensure our safety and wellbeing,” the proclamation states. “We must stand in support of these brave men and women and their sacrifices must be remembered.”

The Hood County Commissioners Court recognizes July 7, 2024, as Fallen Law Enforcement Office Day in Hood County, and asks that all citizens take a moment to honor the memory of these fallen heroes who died in the line of duty and to pray for their families and communities.

Friends of Memorial Lane Chairman Laura Fisher also announced during the meeting that a vigil will take place at 8 p.m. July 7, at Memorial Lane Park, 550 N. Travis St., to honor all Texas officers killed from July 1 to June 30 in the last calendar year.

A memorial flag will also be presented to the family of the late Hood County Jail Corrections Officer Dusty Wren, who passed away Feb. 29.

“Thank you for all your support,” Fisher added.