May 11, 2022
As National Police Week begins, IACLEA President Patrick Ogden offers the following message:
Dear IACLEA Members,
In May of each year, the United States recognizes the many law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. These officers have done so for the protection of the communities they serve. Rightfully so, we pay respect to those brothers, sisters, and their families for their sacrifice.
This past year has been uniquely difficult with the way COVID-19 has impacted our agencies and more importantly the lives of our public safety personnel throughout the world. According to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, 619 officers killed in the line of duty will be added this year to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. These 619 officers include 472 officers who were killed during 2021 (319 fatalities were COVID-19 related). An additional 147 officers died in previous years (before 2021).
Ours is a noble profession and our public safety employees serve with compassion, dedication, and a desire to help and protect others in deference to their own personal safety. Throughout the struggles of the pandemic years (2020 to present), let us remember and honor those that have sacrificed the most. On May 13, please join me in remembering those campus police colleagues whose names will be called at roll call during the 34th Annual Candlelight Vigil:
- Joseph Henry Montgomery, Arizona State University PD
- Jeffrey Robert Smith, Berry College (Georgia)
- Martinus Melvin Mitchum, Tulane University PD (Louisiana)
- James Edward Simonetti, Carnegie Melon University PD (Pennsylvania)
- Gregory Randall Young, Vernon College PD (Texas)
Please note: It can take time to have officers who have been killed in the line of duty added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. While they have not yet been added, IACLEA also wants to remember Bridgewater College Officers John Painter and J.J. Jefferson who were tragically murdered in the line of duty on February 1. Other campus public safety personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty who are also not yet included include Kory Newbold (Utah State University PD), Franklin Joe (Lone Star College System, Texas) and Jhonas Hernandez (Trinity University, Texas).
Yours in Public Safety,