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Letter: Remember and honor fallen peace officers

To the Editor:

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15 as Peace Officer Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week 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.

During this time I would like to express my appreciation to all the law enforcement professionals that provide around the clock service to their communities and State. In 2012 officer Thomas Decker of the Cold Springs Police Department and in 2013 officer Josh Lynaugh of the St. Paul Police Department loss their lives while serving their communities. These officers will join others from our region (officer Shawn Schneider, Lake City PD; Chief James Daily, Red Wing PD and officer John Peterson, Red Wing PD) on the Law Enforcement Officer Memorial wall in Washington, D.C. May we never forget the sacrifice that these officers and their families made to maintain the quality of life that we share and cherish.

During National Police Week, May 12-18, 2013, take time to remember these brave individuals who served their communities with honor and, if time permits, join us at the Law Enforcement Center in Red Wing for the Peace Officer Memorial Service at noon May 15.

May we never forget.

Roger D. Pohlman

Red Wing

Roger Pohlman is Red Chief chief of police.