MIDLOTHIAN

The community is invited to attend a ceremony to honor law enforcement officers that made the ultimate sacrifice. This ceremony will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Heritage Park located on Eighth Street in downtown Midlothian.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, National Police Week recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement.

Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

Red Oak Police Chief Garland Wolf stated it is important to remember the sacrifice given each year by officers.

“These are people that work in the middle of the night, in the middle of the day and on odd shifts. These guys know what they sign on for, and they willingly accept the challenges and the danger that goes along with it,” Wolf said. “It is not just reflecting on those that have passed, but the sacrifice each law enforcement officer makes every day when they put the uniform on, get into their car and goe to work trying to protect the communities that they serve.”

According to the Officer’s Memorial Page website, 51 officers were killed in the line of duty this year.

For more information about the peace officer memorial service, people can contact the Midlothian Police Department at 972-775-3333. Heritage Park is at 234 N. Eighth Street in Midlothian.