DeSoto Honors Fallen Peace Officers With Memorial Service
DESOTO – The Metropolis of DeSoto Police Division held its Peace Officer Memorial Service Wednesday morning on the division’s flag poles in entrance of the constructing.
Because the rain ceased to permit for the quick ceremony, DeSoto Police Chief Joe Costa opened the ceremony with a quick assertion concerning the significance of Police Week. The week runs Could 9-15.
DeSoto Mayor Rachel Proctor was in attendance to learn town’s proclamation additionally introducing DeSoto’s Metropolis Council members in attendance on the ceremony.
The Proclamation learn by Proctor reminded that “We honor all those that put on the badge and hold the peace.”
She learn the primary identified line of responsibility dying was in 1786. Since that point over 24,000 United States Regulation Enforcement Officers have “made the final word sacrifice” with a median of 1 dying each 54 hours someplace in the US within the efficiency of their duties.
Texas leads the nation in most lives misplaced with 2,080 officers.
The mayor reminded residents to recollect the legislation enforcement officers in DeSoto by “supporting their work” and by displaying honest appreciation and to make each effort to precise thanks.
“By working collectively we are able to obtain a greater and safer future for our youngsters and grandchildren,” Proctor stated.
Chief Costa received the proclamation saying “Thanks Mayor, recognize that. We collect collectively immediately to pay tribute to these officers which have misplaced their lives within the line of responsibility. Final 12 months the dreaded 2020 we misplaced extra officers than ever earlier than not solely did we lose officers to accidents, assaults and crimes, however we misplaced many others to a pandemic called COVID-19. There have been 360 officers who misplaced their lives final 12 months within the line of responsibility.”
Following the proclamation the DeSoto Hearth Division Coloration Guard stepped in after which the DeSoto Police Honor Guard decreasing the flag and a 21-gun salute.
DeSoto Lieutenant Melissa Franks performed the bagpipes.
The benediction led by DeSoto Police Chaplain Genette Wheeler reminded the women and men in legislation enforcement in attendance from not solely DeSoto, but additionally Midlothian and Glenn Heights “You guys are appreciated greater than you’ll ever know and we from the underside of our hearts say thanks for the work you proceed to do.”