Virginia Coalition of Police
and Deputy Sheriffs
Annual Wreath Laying
Ceremony Honors Fallen Washington, DC Metropolitan Area and Federal
Virginia Chief and COPS National President Pay Tribute to 21 Who Died in
Previous 12-Month Period
Tuesday, October 10th, the National Law Enforcement Officers
Memorial Fund honored 21 law enforcement officers from the
Washington DC area and from federal government posts around the
country in its annual Wreath Laying Ceremony at the National Law
Enforcement Officers Memorial in the nation's capital.
Fairfax County, Virginia Chief David M. Rohrer, who had two of
his officers gunned down in May by a man who laid siege in a mad
rampage at the Sully District police station, joined Jean Hill,
the National President of COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors) in
paying tribute to "the most honorable of honorable of the law
enforcement community-those who made the ultimate sacrifice."
Craig W. Floyd, NLEOM Chairman, said, "The wreath placed at the
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is symbolic of the
circle of life, and the everlasting remembrance and respect we
will always have for those who laid down their lives for our
safety and protection. Our memories of these courageous men and
women and their families shall not wither, and their stories
will be a constant source of inspiration to us all."
Joining the tribute was Sun Mingshan, who laid a second wreath
on behalf of the Chinese Police Association, an organization
that honors police officers who die in the line of duty in
China. He said his organization wanted to participate in today's
ceremony "to demonstrate that the brotherhood of law enforcement
is global and that the respect for officers killed while doing
their jobs has no political or cultural boundaries."
Law enforcement leaders from the agencies represented joined
survivors, friends and other law enforcement officers at the
event. Honor guards from more than 20 law enforcement agencies
stood vigil throughout the day.
The ceremony also marked the 15th anniversary of the Memorial's
dedication in 1991 by former President George H.W. Bush. The
Memorial walls are inscribed with the names of 17,536 federal,
state and local law enforcement officers who have died in the
line of duty, serving their country and their communities.
The names of the officers inscribed on the Memorial's marble
panels date back to the first known law enforcement death in
1792. If officer fatalities continue to occur at the current
average annual rate of 164 per year, the Memorial will reach its
engraving capacity around the year 2050.
Click here to read the names of the officers honored at the