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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

Friday, January 9, 2015

Goodwin thanks law enforcement officers on National Law Enforcement Day

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin today made the following statement thanking law enforcement officers on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day:

“Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. While what our law enforcement officers do is important every day, events across the nation encourage taking the time to reflect on the service of our law enforcement officers and thanking them for the sacrifices they make.

“Law enforcement officers do it all. Whether it’s helping a victim of a car wreck, apprehending a gun-wielding robbery suspect or stopping drug traffickers from ravaging our communities, we can count on them to respond.

“The noblest thing a person can do is give up his or her own safety and comfort for the good of those around them. Law enforcement officers have chosen sacrifice as a way of life. They’ve traded what might have been an easy job behind a desk for a hard one on the streets. They’ve traded what might have been a lucrative job for one with more modest financial rewards.

“Most of all, law enforcement officers have traded what might have been a safe job for one that’s dangerous.

“The work that law enforcement officers love, and perform so well, is not just a job – it’s a calling. I will always be inspired by their selfless and devoted service. The sacrifices they make day in and day out, especially the ultimate sacrifice made by their fallen comrades, is a reminder to us of what is the very best about our country. Let’s never forget to thank them, today, and every day.”

Updated January 13, 2015