Brownsville citizens and officials honor fallen officers
POSTED: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 4:08pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 16, 2014 - 9:25am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — "Ready, aim, fire!"
In observance of National Police Week, retired officers and Brownsville citizens came out to show support and commemorate law enforcement heroes who gave their lives in the line of duty.
"Our nation's police officers do such a good job for us," said US Congressman Filemon Vela. "They put their lives on the line."
"I think it's very important that we honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice," said Brownsville Chief of Police Orlando Rodriguez. "Police work is very demanding. The dangers that officers face day in and day out are amongst no others that other workers face."
Officials and community leaders gave speeches honoring various officers and shared stories about bravery and courage.
Not only did many family members of fallen peace officers come out to the event, but many Brownsville officials made an appearance too.
"It's just a wonderful mix of people and I'm really excited to see different community leaders, when you have a district attorney, and you have a district judge, and then you have a superintendent, and then you have the business community, we have so much support," said Rodriguez.
Two officers brought forth a memorial wreath to commemorate the fallen officers.
White carnations were given to people in the crowd to place as tribute between the Texas and American flags, which were raised at half staff.
"All we can ask our entire community is to continue to support our law enforcement personnel," said Congressman Vela.