Remember sacrifices of law enforcement each day

An editorial from The Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Of the 20,267 names included on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, 175 belong to those killed in the line of duty in West Virginia.

That’s 175 men and women who have sacrificed their lives in order to keep the rest of us safe.

Today is National Peace Officers Memorial Day and this week is National Police Week, which President John F. Kennedy proclaimed in 1962 as a way to pay special recognition to the law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

It’s in honor of people like Marshall Lee Bailey of the West Virginia State Police, who died in 2012 after being shot while conducting a traffic stop.

It’s in honor of people like Michael Todd May of the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department, who died in 2012 when his patrol vehicle was struck by an impaired hit-and-run driver who was evading the police.

A little closer to home, it’s in honor of people like Denzil O. Lockard of the Rivesville Police Department, who died in 1958 after he was struck and killed while directing traffic at an intersection.

But these are only three of the 175 individuals who paid the ultimate price…

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