Law Enforcement Appreciation Dayby Representative Bob Goodlatte
Posted on 2015-01-09
GOODLATTE asked and was given permission to address the House
for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. GOODLATTE. Mr. Speaker, on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, I
want to extend my support and gratitude to the law enforcement officers
across the country who serve our communities and the American people
Our Nation was founded on the rule of law, and every day law enforcement officers carry out this legacy. They protect our neighborhoods from criminals, fight crime, ensure justice, and keep the peace.
Sadly, many law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty. Last year 118 law enforcement officers died, including three from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Last year's murder of two NYPD officers is a sober reminder that our Nation's law enforcement officers face danger every day as they carry out their duty to protect the American people.
In the Gospel of John, we are told that there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends, and this is true of our Nation's law enforcement officers. Every day they risk their lives so that you and I may be safe from harm.
These brave men and women are heroes and deserve to be recognized and honored for their service to our country.