P1 First Person: The 'forgotten ones'
By Greg Brown
Rocky Mount (N.C.) Police Department (ret.)
Too often I read articles about our brothers and sisters giving their lives in the performance of their duties and it still saddens me every time I see it. We show our respect by wearing the black mourning band over the badge and honoring them with a police officer’s funeral where hundreds come from miles around to pay their respects to the family, to the department and to the fallen officer. During National Police Week, held annually in May in Washington DC, the names of those heroes are forever memorialized in granite, becoming a permanent part of the law enforcement history. For any police officer, giving his or her life in the duty is the bravest thing anyone can do. They leave behind wives, husbands, partners, children and parents and they make that sacrifice without thinking twice.