They risk their lives every day, serving and protecting the community, never knowing if they will make it home at the end of the day.
They are our men and women in law enforcement. And this week, we honor those who have fallen in the line of duty.
Several police officers, two patrolmen, two CVPR officers, a conservation officer, a DEA special agent, a correctional officer, and an airman each gave their lives while serving as a protector.
Guam Police Department Spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao shared the tribute put together by the department in celebration of National Police Week which ends Saturday, May 16.
“Today, May 15th, we celebrate our fallen heroes who have gone before us not just in the Guam Police Department but throughout other law enforcement agencies. And the memorial that we have here is a way we can celebrate fallen heroes and lead with the theme ‘Heroes live Forever.” I think it’s perfect because of what’s happening worldwide with COVID-19,” Tapao said.
In the tribute video, Chief of Police Stephen Ignacio is joined by Major Manny Chong in remembering the fallen officers and asks the community to do the same.
“Even while we remain apart from each other, our community continues to strive together with our nurses, doctors, first responders, and citizens in this shared experience. It is in this spirit of togetherness that we ask you to join the GPD in commemorating our fallen heroes that have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Ignacio said.
He added: “From May 10th to the 16th we celebrate National Police Week … a time when we continue to pay tribute to our fallen heroes and we recognize the achievements of our law enforcement officers as they continue to answer the call as protectors.”
The theme of this year’s National Police Week is “Heroes live forever.” The event recognizes law enforcement officers from all departments across the island who continue to serve today.