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U.S. Attorney recognizes the service of police officers during National Police Week, particularly Officers Mathew J. Mazany and Vu X. Nguyen

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman recognized the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and tribal police officers on the occasion of National Police Week, which is being observed Sunday, May 12 to Saturday, May 18, 2019.

In October 1962, Congress enacted a joint resolution, which the President signed,

declaring May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. The resolution also created National Police Week as an annual tribute to law enforcement service and sacrifice. 

“During Police Week, our nation celebrates the hard work, dedication and commitment of police officers from around the country. Here in Northern Ohio, we particularly recognize the sacrifice of Cleveland Police Officer Vu Nguyen and Mentor Police Officer Mathew Mazany, both of whom we lost during 2018 while they were on-duty and keeping our community safe,” Herdman said.

According to statistics reported to the FBI, 106 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2018, including two officers here in the Northern District of Ohio -- Mentor Officer Mathew J. Mazany and Cleveland Officer Vu X. Nguyen.

Comprehensive data tables about these incidents and brief narratives describing the fatal attacks are included in the sections of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2018 released this week by the FBI.

The names of all 106 fallen officers were formally dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, during the 31st  Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, 2019. The Candlelight Vigil was one of many commemorative events taking place in the nation’s capital during National Police Week 2019.

For more information about other National Police Week events, please visit


Mike Tobin

Updated May 14, 2019