New York, NY (PRWEB) May 15, 2014
More than 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed a bill into law that set aside May 15 for observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day, with the week in which May 15 falls designated as Police Week. Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day were first observed in 1962.
This year, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is hosting events at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., during the week of May 11 to 17 to recognize officers who have fallen in the line of duty. Events include a candlelight vigil, roll call of fallen officers whose names are being added to the memorial, and the laying of a wreath at the memorial on May 15.
When the candlelight vigil begins in Washington at 8 p.m. on May 13, large format digital billboards in Times Square, at Penn Plaza, and at the Port Authority will simultaneously display a two-minute video from the candlelight vigil held in 2013. Passersby will have the opportunity to pause and remember fallen police officers while the video runs.
Richard Sabatino, executive director of Kaplan Lawyers PC, a New York City personal injury law firm, praised the sacrifices made by the City’s police officers and urged New Yorkers to take time to remember those law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. “I think it’s easy to take law enforcement for granted,” Sabatino said. “We don’t really think about them until we need them—and then we expect them to be right there as soon as we call.”
Sabatino cited instances where his law firm, in representing personal injury victims, has interacted with law enforcement in the aftermath of vehicle collisions, construction accidents, and other accidents in the City. “Our police officers know what to do when there’s an emergency,” he said. “They’re going to control the traffic, call the EMTs, call for backup, and make sure the accident victim gets medical attention pronto, as well as make a record of the event that can be used later in court.”
Perhaps nowhere was the dedication and sacrifice of NYC’s peace officers more apparent than during the events of September 11, 2001, when 23 of the City’s police officers lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in Manhattan. “It’s like they say,” Sabatino said, “When everybody else was running away from the burning buildings, police officers were running toward the flames. If that’s not a true example of a hero, I don’t know how else you could explain it. There’s a very good reason we call them New York’s finest.”
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