Law enforcement officers have a difficult job. In their efforts to keep the public safe, officers are often put in harms way. Some of them have made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty.
Those officers will be remembered Thursday. During the 2010 Upper Peninsula Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony in Manistique, federal, state, local, county, conservation and correction officers who have died in the line of duty will be honored. The ceremony is at 11 a.m. at the Manistique High School gym. It will include a roll call of officers who have died in the Upper Peninsula, those originally from the Upper Peninsula, those from Wisconsin counties bordering Michigan and those from Canadian agencies bordering the Upper Peninsula.
The ceremony will also honor the loved ones these fallen officers left behind.
Although it is rare, there have been Upper Peninsula law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty over the years. Being a law enforcement officer is hazardous work - whether you patrol the streets of Detroit or Escanaba. The nature of the job is the same. It carries with it the potential of danger.
The public owes a debt of gratitude to those officers who lost their lives, as well as those who work to keep the residents of the U.P. safe every day.
Today, U.P. law enforcement officers deal with a multitude of problems. Some of these problems are new, such as the growing problem of prescription drug abuse. Other problems, like theft and domestic violence, have, unfortunately, been around for a long, long time. No matter what situation arises, though, the public's first line of defense is the police officer.
The law enforcement agencies of the Upper Peninsula and its members selected May 13 as a day to hold solemn tribute to peace officers. On Thursday, take a moment to remember those law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.
Also, the next time you see a law enforcement officer, take a moment to thank them for the job they do protecting and serving the public. They deserve our gratitude.