STATEHOUSE -Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) commends local law enforcement for the work they do every day to protect the community of Southwest Indiana and to make it safe. She is saying thank you in honor of May 15th through the 20th being National Police Week.
"These men and women put their lives on the line every day to protect us," said Rep. McNamara. "I want to say thank you to our officers and let them know how much I appreciate what they do. I hope everyone can find a moment this week to say thanks."
National Police week was set aside in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed a Presidential Proclamation that set aside May 15th as National Peace Officer's Day and the week of May 15th as National Police week.
The week is set aside to honor all police officers for their dedication, but especially those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and have lost their lives in the line of duty protecting and serving.
"Our police force works not only to keep our community safe, but to help rebuild when disasters strike and to enhance the lives of citizens in our community," said Rep. McNamara.
"I want to especially thank those that are part of 911 Gives Hope. Their effort to improve the lives of children and individuals with disabilities in our community gives encouragement everyday to so many."
911 Gives Hope is a group of police officers, firefighters and paramedics from Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties in Indiana and from Henderson County in Kentucky. The group is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities.
"I also want to thank those who have helped our community get back on their feet after recent flooding," said Rep. McNamara. "Our community has been severely impacted by this and our local law enforcement officials have gone above and beyond to alleviate the pain caused by these floods."