This week marks National Police Week, and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia Bill Powell is encouraging people to recognize the service and sacrifice of the law enforcement community.
Powell says he considers law enforcement the guardians of our communities, often paying the ultimate price for our safety.
The FBI reports nationally 93 officers were killed in 2017 and 49 have died so far in 2018.
Powell says National Police Week is a time to remember their sacrifice and honor their memories.
“They do incredible work, do selfless acts, work extraordinarily hard, and don’t get much in the way of gratitude. We have to remember that the communities they’re trying to keep safe are their communities. It’s where their families live, and that’s what is so special about it,” said Powell.
Powell will be speaking at the Wheeling Police memorial Wednesday evening.
He will give the history of some officers who were killed in the line of duty in the past, as well as express his gratitude.