Muterspaw said since the first police officer death was recorded in 1792, there have been nearly 19,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. On average, Muterspaw said, 170 officers across the nation are killed every year.
“We honor all those who gave their life so we are able to sleep safely at night,” he said. “We honor their families as well for the sacrifices they have given. We honor these officers because they have carried out their duties to make our communities and lives safer. Their contribution can not be measured in words.”
A simple thank you, he said, isn’t enough. He said officers stand tall and are “ready to protect the American way of life.”
While most officers return home safely every night from their shifts, some are called upon to “make the ultimate sacrifice,” he said.
“It’s a heavy burden that every police officer accepts,” he said.
Then the flag was lowered to half-staff by Sgt. David Birk and there was a 21-gun salute.