National Peace Officers Memorial Week 2024

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In 1962, President John F. Kennedy, along with a joint resolution of Congress, declared May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the Calendar week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week. National Police Week focuses on remembering and honoring our nation’s federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officers, particularly those who have given their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. It’s one of two days on which federal law requires American flags to be flown at half-staff. 

As part of this year’s commemoration, 282 names of U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The names include 118 federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2023.On Wednesday, May 15, 2024, a memorial service was held on the West Lawn of our U.S. Capitol paying tribute to all those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice this past year. Additionally, Law enforcement agencies around the country organize and hold memorials, vigils, and ceremonies to honor and pay tribute to those who have fallen. These tributes stand as a reminder of the inherent dangers all law enforcement officers face every day as they put on their uniforms and before leaving their homes, families, and friends and begin their job of protecting and serving their community.

Troopers, Officers, Sheriffs, and all members of peace officers are not the only ones who carry the heavy burden of their oaths. The families of these officers carry the burden without ever taking the oath of an officer. During this week of recognition, we include all those who support these officers with unwavering encouragement, love, and devotion. National Police Week acknowledges that law enforcement is a community and along with the officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice we remember the families who experience the loss and must continue without their loved ones.

All of us here at The American Association of State Troopers would like to take this time to Thank all of those who protect and serve our nation, states, cities, towns, and communities. We also pray that all Peace Officers can perform and navigate their duties and return home safely each and every day.

Thank you all for all you do and God speed.Line

California Highway Patrol Memorial honors fallen officers.

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The California Highway Patrol (CHP) held an annual memorial ceremony Tuesday, May 7, 2024, in West Sacramento. This ceremony paid tribute to the 232 officers who made the “ultimate sacrifice” in the line of duty. The ceremony was "an opportunity to honor and reflect on the commitment and courage of our fallen heroes who held true to their oath to 'lay down (their) life rather than swerve from the path of duty.'"

The ceremony featured a 21-gun salute, a wreath laying, bagpipes, buglers, a flyover, a roll call of fallen heroes, and the ringing of a memorial bell.Line

National Police Week: Pennsylvania State Police Remember Fallen Officers

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Members of law enforcement gathered yesterday to remember state police officers that lost their lives in the line of duty.

The annual ceremony took place at the Butler Senior High School and featured a remembrance ceremony of the 10 state police officers from Troop D who died in the line of duty.

“We pay homage and reverence to those who nobly and selflessly gave their lives to the citizen’s of the Commonwealth. It’s indeed fitting and proper that we demonstrate our utmost respect and reverence to those who indeed lived up to our call of honor, which I call our blood oath,” Former Troop D Commanding Officer Major Byron Locke said.

Over the State Police’s 119 years, there have been 104 troopers who have died in the line of duty.

The last active-duty death in Troop D was Trooper Blake Coble in October 2012 who died in a vehicle accident in Beaver County.Line

Connecticut State Trooper’s Son needs heart transplant. Heart Transplant Hope: Support For Lincoln and Family

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On February 13th, Mike and Ashley Stanger rushed their son, Lincoln to the CT Children’s emergency room due to his sudden onset of shortness of breath, lethargy, and rapid heart rate. After a chest x-ray, doctors discovered Lincoln had an extremely enlarged heart and diagnosed him with dilated cardiomyopathy. He spent two days at CT Children’s and was progressively getting worse. The decision was made to transfer Lincoln to Boston Children’s hospital on February 15 by Boston's Critical Care Transport Team. Lincoln spent weeks receiving different IV medications, tests, and procedures. The team felt like he was stable enough to go home on March 9 with weekly follow ups in Boston. Lincoln got to spend 6 weeks at home with his mom, dad, sister, and his dog, going on as many adventures as his condition allowed. However, on April 24 Lincoln was readmitted to Boston Children’s hospital due to his deteriorating heart condition.

Doctors determined that Lincoln’s heart is too sick to recover on its own and he will require a heart transplant. They will potentially have to wait a year for a heart to become available. Lincoln will have to stay at Boston Children’s Hospital during this time. He was scheduled to have a Berlin Heart (ventricular assist device) placed on April 29, which will help keep him stable while he waits for a new heart to become available. Lincoln’s heart continued to get sicker, and he was unexpectedly intubated on April 28, and later that day had to be placed on ECMO (an advanced form of life support). The hope is that this can support him to let his heart and his little body rest so they can move forward with the Berlin Heart surgery. Lincoln is fighting so hard every day to overcome each obstacle that’s being thrown at him. We are all so proud of him.

Lincoln’s mother, Ashley, has had to resign from her position as a nurse at Middlesex Health, where she has worked for the last 9 years, so she can stay with Lincoln in Boston throughout this process. Mike will take time off as needed but will continue to work in CT to maintain health insurance. Lincoln’s sister, Hailey, has been such a light through all of this and continues to brighten each day. Mike and Hailey will spend as much time in Boston as possible so they can all be together as a family. They are currently working to secure long-term housing for the duration of Lincoln’s hospital stay. This unexpected journey has turned their lives upside down, and they appreciate any support for housing, food, gas, and medical bills during this difficult time.

Link to GoFundMe fundraiser below:

A New Jersey State Trooper tragically dies during a training exercise

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May 6, 2024

Trooper Marcellus E. Bethea of Troop D Moorestown Station served with New Jersey State Police for over eight years and was a member of the 156th State Police Class and was stationed with Troop D in Moorestown.

According to officials, Trooper II Marcellus E. Bethea died on Sunday during a training exercise to join the TEAMS Unit, which is one of the agency's most demanding units.

The TEAMS unit has a rigorous selection process, according to the State Police website. It only has 30 members statewide that respond to special emergencies such as SWAT incidents, rescue operations, counter-terrorism operations, and underwater search and recovery.

Trooper Bethea was described, by Colonel Patrick Callahan, as embodying honor, duty, and fidelity in its highest form though his commitment and passion for serving the citizens of New Jersey.Line