Every day, our Nation's dedicated law enforcement Officers put themselves at risk to keep the citizens safe. As we observe Peace Officers' Memorial Day and Police Week, May 11-17, 2008, we pay tribute to the courageous men and women who have lost their lives protecting us, and we honor all those who wear the badge and keep the peace.
The law enforcement officers of today carry on the long and proud tradition of service built by their predecessors. With valor and distinction, these Police Officers stand watch over us all and work hard to fight crime, violence, and terrorism in communities across America. We are a country built on the rule of law, and our Nation is grateful to the men and women who enforce those laws and uphold the fairness and peace we treasure.
Law enforcement officers deserve our appreciation for the work they do, and citizens fulfill an important civic responsibility by supporting their work to protect our communities. I encourage all citizens to help fight crime in their communities by volunteering and participating in crime prevention organizations. By working together, we can achieve a better and more secure future for our children and grandchildren.
This week we honor the heroism of all our law enforcement officers, especially those who have given their lives so that others might live. They performed their jobs with extraordinary distinction, and a proud and grateful Nation will always remember their service and sacrifice. In 2007 there was a significant increase in officers that have fallen in the line of duty. In Florida there were 16 police officers killed in the line of duty in 2007. Nation wide there were 181 Police Officers killed in the line of duty compared to 151 in 2006.
In Levy County we honor two officers that gave the ultimate sacrifice:
On Sunday January 28, 1945 Levy County Deputy Sheriff Hagood Ellzey lost his life in the line of duty. A man lured him in the bushes and the man's accomplice shot and killed Deputy Ellzey.
On Saturday, July 30, 1988 Corporal David Wayne Moss with the Williston Police Department was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of a burglary suspect. Corporal Moss was able to return fire killing the suspect.
We ask God's blessings for the families and friends they left behind.