Editorial: Police Week honors ultimate sacrifice
On Thursday night, the widows, children and extended families of 112 men and women will be at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., when the fallen officers' names will be added to the 19,981 already there.
It is Peace Officers Memorial Day and this is Police Week, designated by President John F. Kennedy in 1962.
Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington each year to participate in a number of planned events that honor those who have died. National Police Week draws as many as 40,000 attendees - from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world.
Theirs is a brotherhood.
Receiving attention this year, as every year, are the officers we have lost the previous year. In 2013, two Arizona officers died - DPS officer Timothy Allen Huffman (May 6) and Phoenix Police officer Daryl Raetz (May 19) - and are among the honorees.
They paid the ultimate sacrifice.
We are reminded of this after learning about the wrong-way driver accident on an Interstate 10 ramp Monday morning in Phoenix, which killed not only the driver but also the police officer who was going the other direction. Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead identified the officer who was killed as Brandon Mendoza, 32. "Brandon would not be stopped," Milstead said told the Associated Press. "He was everything that a police chief would want an officer to be."
It is with regret and sadness that we continue to see more names each year added to the memorial walls. It seems that saying thank you or offering accolades are not enough, so let us at least not forget any one of them.
May you rest in peace.