Law Enforcement officers, firefighters and the members of the Jim Wells County honored the men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice during a appreciation ceremony for National Police Week.
On Thursday morning, the JWC Sheriff's Office held a ceremony to pay homage to the officers across the nation.
“Throughout the country there are many ceremonies such as this taking place in remembrance of law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in accidents, lost their lives in shootings,” said JWC Sheriff Daniel Bueno.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement, according to policeweek.org.
County Judge Pete Trevino read a proclamation for Peace Officer Memorial Day, May 15, and Police Week, May 15 through 19.
“I stand here humbled because it's you guys who we depend on for our safety and security...,” Trevino stated. “We thank you all for everything you do for us on a daily basis.”
According to Bueno, there were 67 police officer killed in the line of duty and as of May 2017 there have been 50 police officers killed.
“Everyday our lives are at risk, but this is the career we chose,” he said.
Presentation of the colors, TAPS and a 21-gun salute was done by the United States Veterans Burial Association.