May 16 2018

Shelby Honors Fallen Police Officers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today recognized National Police Week by honoring the four Alabama law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. He also paid tribute to the other 356 brave men and women who were added to the National Peace Officers Memorial during a service at the U.S. Capitol.

“It is a privilege to pay tribute to our nation’s police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe,” said Senator Shelby. “Each year during National Police Week, we are reminded of their selfless acts of bravery and the risks taken to protect our citizens every single day. Thank you to the courageous police officers in Alabama and across the nation. My sincere condolences go out to the families and friends of the fallen heroes.”

The following officers from Alabama were added to the National Peace Officer’s Memorial:

  • Special Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Lawrence O’Bryant of Calhoun County, Alabama
  • Chief of Police James Durand of Hobson City, Alabama
  • Town Marshal Seaborn J. Crook of Jacksonville, Alabama
  • Sheriff John S. Harrington of Monroe County, Alabama

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed that each year the week of May 15 would serve as National Police Week. The week honoring our nation’s law enforcement officers was established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962 and pays tribute to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty to protect Americans.

National Police Week is made possible by the work of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary, and the Concerns of Police Survivors.

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