Peace Officer's Memorial

On Monday, members of local law enforcement and the community gathered at the Courthouse to pay homage to the men and women, particularly those in Idaho, that have lost their lives while serving as police officers.

The National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day started in 1962, pays tribute to police officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty.  Across the nation, 140 to 160 officers are killed annually.  Last year, the number was 166.  Through April of this year, there have been 35.

Average age: 44
Average tour of duty: 13 years 5 months
Most common cause of death: gunfire

We don’t like to dwell on the possibility that we won’t be coming home tonight.  But police officers and their families face that prospect every day.

Why do they do it?  Because when these brave men and women look in the mirror, they pose the question, “If not me, then who?” -my favorite combination: courage and love.