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City, law enforcement gather to honor fallen officers

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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The Deer Park Police Department joined law enforcement agencies across the nation to remember police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. At its annual Peace Officers Memorial Day service, DPPD honored those officers across the country who did not return home from their shifts at Monday's ceremony.

POMD2017Deer Park Police Chief Greg Grigg and City Manager Jay Stokes accept a wreath from the DPPD Honor Guard. The wreath laying ceremony was part of the city's annual Peace Officer's Memorial Day, which recognizes officers killed in the line of duty. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.Peace officers from various local jurisdictions joined the Deer Park Police Department to honor officers killed in the line of duty. A solemn ceremony for Peace Officers Memorial Day took place at the Theater/Courts Building Monday.

Although no DPPD officer has been killed in the line of duty, Police Chief Greg Grigg said he and the department still take time to honor the sacrifice of officers who protect and serve every day.

In 2016, there were 135 line of duty peace officer deaths in the United States, up from 124 in 2015. Of that number, 64 were killed by gunfire, up 50 percent from the previous year.

There were 21 ambush deaths in 2016, the highest number in more than two decades and eight multiple-shooting deaths claimed the lives of 20 officers. Grigg said 53 officers – 18 in Texas – died in automobile crashes. These numbers do not include 2017 deaths such as Pct. 3 Deputy Chief Clint Greenwood, who was ambushed earlier this year.

“Those are grim numbers and a tough year for law enforcement,” Grigg said. “Lawlessness, disorder, chaos, irresponsibly, lack of accountability and moral relativism seem to be the new paths to the promised land.”

Grigg said he was thankful that the police department operates in a city, town where citizens hold fast to fundamental truths.

“You value us and we value you,” Grigg said.

US Rep Brian Babin, (R-Texas) was the keynote speaker of Monday’s service. Babin said he was thankful for police officers who chose to enter an honorable profession or the sake of protecting citizens.

“It can be thankless and it can be extremely dangerous,” Babin said. “You put your lives on the line for all of us. You are all heroes in the eyes of Americans.”

He said officers strive to protect and serve citizens, and to fulfill that duty, some pay with their lives.

“In Texas we are blessed with some of the finest law enforcement officers in the entire country. More than ever, we need to show our appreciation. We owe (officers) a strong debt of gratitude,” he said. “Police violence is difficult to understand. It’s had to express my outrage and contempt toward those who incited this war of hatred and violence toward our nation’s law enforcement officers.

Babin called the uprising an evil that makes an officer’s job difficult. Officers take an oath to protect and serve and it is time they receive the same level of commitment and protection from citizens.

The ceremony concluded with a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps. Peace Officer's Memorial Day was established in 1961 by then-President John F. Kennedy to recognize and remember peace officers who died while protecting their communities.