McConnell on National Police Week
‘This week we observe National Police Week, an annual gathering of tens of thousands of law enforcement personnel here in our nation’s capital… Officers from around the country will join together to honor their brothers and sisters in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice. And the rest of the nation will remember how blessed we are by the selfless sacrifices of this “thin blue line” that protects our families and keeps our communities safe.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding National Police Week:
“This week we observe National Police Week, an annual gathering of tens of thousands of law enforcement personnel here in our nation’s capital. Tomorrow, America will pay special tribute to the service and sacrifice of our fallen officers as we mark Peace Officers Memorial Day. Officers from around the country will join together to honor their brothers and sisters in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
“And the rest of the nation will remember how blessed we are by the selfless sacrifices of this ‘thin blue line’ that protects our families and keeps our communities safe. I’d like to extend a warm welcome to the many Kentuckians who’ve traveled here this week. And, along with them, I’m thinking especially of four of their comrades whose names will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this year.
“Hickman Police Officer Rodney Smith, whose patrol car was washed into a field while checking on members of his community during a flood. Patrolman Scotty Hamilton of the Pikeville Police Department, who was murdered while investigating a suspicious vehicle for narcotics activity. Hopkinsville Police Officer Philip Meacham, who was shot and killed while off-duty as he assisted a fellow officer. And Louisville Metro Police Detective Deidre Mengedhot, who was struck and killed while conducting a traffic stop on Christmas Eve.
“With more than three decades of combined service, these heroic Kentuckians left behind spouses, children, and an entire Commonwealth mourning their tragic losses. It’s my honor to have represented them in the Senate, and to represent all those who wear the uniform. It was an honor to proudly cosponsor the resolution designating this as ‘National Police Week.’ I’d also like to pause to recognize the U.S. Capitol Police, who protect all of us in this building every day. Their professionalism and dedicated service makes our democracy possible and allows millions of visitors to observe their government up close each year.”
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