Sheriff’s Office Remembers Those Who Have Fallen

Communities across the United States will come together during National Police Week—May 9-15, 2010—to remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.

During National Police Week, members of the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office will participate in the Inaugural Law Enforcement United Memorial Ride, the 11th Annual National Police Challenge 50k Relay Race, and the 15th Annual Law Ride.

These events will support and raise awareness for Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), which provides resources and assistance to surviving families and affected co-workers; The Officer Down Memorial Page, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring America's fallen law enforcement officers; and HEROES, Inc., whose singular goal is to assist the widows and children of fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters.

"On behalf of the Sheriff's Office, we honor and remember the brave men and women who have given their lives to serve and protect our communities," said Sheriff Stan Barry. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones."

The 22nd Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13 will include the formal dedication of 324 fallen officers whose names have been inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. The names represent 116 officers who were killed during 2009, plus 208 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.

The Candlelight Vigil is one of many commemorative events taking place in the nation's capital during National Police Week. The national observance is organized by a group of organizations led by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, COPS, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary.

National Police Week was established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and a joint resolution of Congress.

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