Protecting Alice residents is an important task for the men and women in blue and on Friday, May 19, Alice Police Department held a special ceremony to honor the sacrifices law enforcement officers have made and continue to make.

While the ceremony was taking place, many of the officers were working several major calls of service that included a police chase and an officer assault.

“You all offer us an extra level of security that make our lives better,” said Alice City Councilman Pete Crisp. “You chose to do this job and for that we're thankful, and keep up the good work.”

Mayor Jolene Vanover read a proclamation for National Police Week. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and it's also 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.

Police Chief Rex Ramon described how one Alice police officer lost his life in 1974 during a traffic stop leaving a hole in his families and department's lives.

“(Officers) don't know what they're going to encounter when they answer a call,” Ramon said.

During the ceremony, Michael Jaramillo was promoted and pinned to Lieutenant. Lt. Jaramillo, who has been with the department for 26 years, is now the supervisor of the Criminal Investigation Unit.

Jaramillo was pinned with his new badge by his wife.