May 15th is designated as National Police Memorial Day and it pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. In light of this day people gathered at the Adair county courthouse for a candle light vigil for all the fallen police officers in the state. Fortunately for Adair County, it has almost been a century since the last officer has fallen while in service to the county but the service serves as a reminder that things can change the line of duty in a heartbeat.
â??Well we've been very fortunate. In law enforcement, you need to not get the mind set that everything is routine because it's not routine. We live in a different society in a different climate than we grew up in and anything can happen at any time. So, my hats off to all the area law enforcement and dedicated law enforcement in this country and in this state that work very hard to protect their communities,â?? said Sheriff Robert Hardwick.
A police officer dies every 57 hours in the line of duty so be sure to thank your law enforcement officials for their work the next time you see one.