MADD May 2021 Officer of the Month
The 362 Officers who made the Ultimate Sacrifice and gave their lives in the line of duty protecting America in 2020.
“It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.”

 

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15 as
Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week.  While the actual date changes from year to year, National Police week is always the calendar week, beginning on Sunday, which includes May 15. This year National Police week is May 9-15, 2021.

In honor of 2021 National Police Week and Law Enforcement Memorial Day, MADD honors, as its May 2021 Officer of the Month, the 362 law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice and died in the line of duty in 2020.  We honor the fallen and their families, and we are grateful for the sacrifices they made to keep our communities safe.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is centered in the 400 block of E Street, NW, Washington, DC and is the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Dedicated on October 15, 1991, the Memorial honors federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people.

The Memorial features two curving, 304-foot-long blue-gray marble walls. Carved on these walls are the names of more than 22,000 officers who died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history, dating back to the first known death in 1786. Unlike many other memorials in Washington, DC, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is ever-changing: new names of fallen officers are added to the monument each spring, in conjunction with National Police Week.

 

 

“It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.”
Vivian Eney Cross, Survivor

“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”
Proverbs 28:1

“Carved on these walls is the story of America, of a continuing quest to preserve both democracy and decency, and to protect a national treasure that we call the American dream.”
President George H.W. Bush

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) (along with Concerns of Police Survivors, the Fraternal Order of Police and the FOP Auxiliary) is a principal organizer of National Police Week, the annual tribute to law enforcement service and sacrifice that is held each May in Washington, DC.

This year, hundreds of names will be engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which will bring the total to 22,611 officers killed in the line of duty memorialized there.

The NLEOMF will host a Virtual Candlelight Vigil on May 13 at 8:00 p.m. to memorialize those who sacrificed all for their communities. National Police Week in-person events will be held October 13-17, 2021 in Washington, DC. The rescheduling of these events is due to the inability to secure necessary permits in time for in-person gatherings, because of the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. The in-person National Police Weekend in October will offer the same honor, remembrance, and peer support as National Police Week, while allowing law enforcement, survivors, and citizens to gather and pay homage to those who gave their lives in the line of duty.

To see a full listing and the stories of the 362 law enforcement heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting American Citizens in 2020, click on the below link.

https://www.odmp.org/search/year?year=2020