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Area law enforcement honors the fallen
May 21, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Members of law enforcement from around the county gathered at the Nebraska State Patrol Troop E headquarters last Friday to honor colleagues who have died in the line of duty.

Last Thursday was a beautiful day as law enforcement officers from around the county gathered at Nebraska State Patrol Troop E headquarters north of Scottsbluff to remember their colleagues who have died in the line of duty.

As part of the ceremony, Trooper Jeff Wallace placed the wreath to rededicate the memorial stone in front of their headquarters.
In 1962, President John Kennedy declared May 15 of each year as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. The week surrounding that date is National Police Week.

Chris Whited, pastor at Mitchell Evangelical Free Church, spoke from the New Testament book of Romans on the importance of having those in authority to enforce the law, allowing us all to live in peace. And he referred to the profession as a calling, just as the clergy is a calling.

“This is certainly a somber day when we remember those who have died in the line of duty,” said Gering Police Chief George Holthus. “It’s nice the community can honor them, but it’s a sad statement at the same time.”

He added having a day to remember brings home an awareness of the dangers involved in policing. “Many of the public don’t understand the challenges of this line of work,” he said. “Officers often have to make split-second decisions based on limited information. And I believe what the pastor said, that most of us are in law enforcement because it’s a calling. We all know there are safer and better paying lines of work. But we’re called to do this for the safety of our community.”
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