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

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Goodwin Urges West Virginians To Join In Observance Of National Peace Officers Memorial Day Wednesday

Police Week salutes our heroic members of law enforcement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - United States Attorney Booth Goodwin today asked West Virginians to join in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.  Peace Officers Memorial Day is a daylong observance held nationwide to honor the extraordinary service and sacrifice of our nation’s police officers.  Peace Officers Memorial Day is held in conjunction with national Police Week, which is observed the entire week of May 12-18, 2013.    

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said, “The selfless and unsung work that our men and women in uniform do each day is remarkable.  Members of law enforcement give their all – 24 hours a day, seven days a week - to keep us safe.  And, tragically, thousands of brave peace officers throughout our nation’s history have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting their fellow citizens. Peace Officers Memorial Day gives us a chance to honor them.”

Goodwin continued, “Police officers do much more than just catch the bad guys and put them in jail. They are community problem solvers. They do it all: whether it’s helping a stranded motorist, apprehending a gun-wielding robbery suspect, stopping drug traffickers from ravaging our communities, or serving as role models to our children. We can always count on them.”

“I encourage all West Virginians: if you see a member of law enforcement on Wednesday or at any time this week, take a few seconds to say ‘thank you.’” 

In accordance with a proclamation issued by the President this week, all United States flags at federal facilities will be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day. The presidential proclamation similarly encourages all Americans to display the flag at half-staff from their homes and businesses on Wednesday.

Click on the links below to listen to audio clips provided byU.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin

Goodwin audio clip part 1

Goodwin audio clip part 2

Goodwin audio clip part 3

Updated January 7, 2015