Remembering and honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice

Every May 15th, in honor of National Peace Officer Memorial Day, law enforcement agencies nationwide join hands to honor those brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their life in the line of duty.

On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 58 hours. Since the first known in line of duty death in 1791, more than 20,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice. Former President George Bush said, “It takes a special kind of person to serve in law enforcement. Most people run from danger. Law enforcement officers run toward it.”

Today we honor the brave men and women who went to work one day and never returned. Unlike most careers, the men and women who embark upon a life in law enforcement know fully that they might one day be called upon to lay down their lives in the call of duty.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office asks that you keep in your thoughts the brave men and women who go to work each day as the protectors of society never knowing if that day may be their last and to all the men and women that have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. - Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer