May 15 has been designated as Peace Officer Memorial Day. Across our State, law enforcement officers carry the great responsibility of protecting their fellow citizens. On Peace Officers' Memorial Day and during Police Week, we honor these brave public servants who fight crime, violence, and terrorism, and we pay homage to the heroes who have fallen in the line of duty.
With valor and devotion, Florida’s law enforcement officers stand watch on the front lines and help make our communities safer and more secure. Fulfilling their duties with courage and commitment, they work tirelessly and put themselves in harm's way, exemplifying the good and decent character of America.
As we observe Peace Officers' Memorial Day and Police Week, we pause to pay tribute to those who serve in law enforcement. On this occasion, we especially remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and we pray for the families and friends they have left behind. We thank all of the extraordinary men and women who have answered the call to serve in law enforcement for their commitment to justice and to their communities.
During its 69 year history, the Florida Highway Patrol has lost 42 of its members that were killed in the line of duty. The last in the line of duty death was Sergeant Nick Sottile who was killed on January 12, 2007 in Highlands County, Florida.
Governor Charlie Crist, in accordance with the Proclamation issued by President Bush dated May 9, 2008, has asked that all state and local governments join him in honor of those who serve in law enforcement and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by lowering their U.S. and state flags on May 15, 2008. This Thursday, May 15, we are to recognize all of our members and police officers nationwide that have lost their lives in the line of duty by flying the flags at all FHP stations and DHSMV offices at half-mast.
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