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Congressman Ted Poe Pays Tribute to Fallen

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Resolution Recognizes National Peace Officers Memorial Day

WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announces today that his legislation honoring National Peace Officers Memorial Day unanimously passed the US House of Representatives, 416-0.

Each year, the President issues a Proclamation naming May 15th as National Peace Officer Memorial Day. Congressman Poes resolution supports the goals and ideals of this day and calls upon the people of the United States to observe such a day with appropriate ceremonies and respect.

We are grateful for the selfless service of this nations law enforcement officers, said Poe. Americans have been protected by peace officers for the past 217 years. They protect our lives and our property regardless of the dangers to themselves. Not a day goes by that law enforcement officers do not face danger in their mission to keep us safe from crime, acts of violence and terrorism.

There are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement offices serving in the United States. In 2008, 140 officers gave their lives in the line of duty. More than 18,340 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty since the first recorded police death in 1792. Of the 140 that lost their live sin 2008, fourteen were from Texas:


Deputy Constable David Joubert, Harris County Constable's Office - Precinct 7

Police Officer Matthew B. Thebeau, Corpus Christi Police Department