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National Police Week: Honoring Fallen Officers

Secretary Napolitano lays a wreath during the CBP Valor Memorial and Wreath Laying Ceremony.
Secretary Napolitano lays a wreath during the CBP Valor Memorial and Wreath Laying Ceremony.

As we celebrated National Police Week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) honored the men and women of the law enforcement community and remembered those who have given their lives in the line of duty.

This year, 321 names of fallen officers were added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall, including five members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and one member of the U.S. Coast Guard who were killed in the line of duty.  We honor the memory of Agents Leopoldo Cavazos Jr., James R. Dominguez, Jeffrey Ramirez, Nicholas J.  Ivie, and David Delaney of the U.S. Border Patrol; and Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Edwin Horne III of the U.S. Coast Guard. They represent the spirit of public service and the best of our nation.  We offer our condolences to their families, friends, and loved ones, who feel the great pain of their absence, and who, themselves, have made tremendous sacrifice.

Throughout National Police Week, we recommitted ourselves to the causes they served – upholding the rule of law, the pursuit of justice, and the protection of the American people. And we commit to always remembering the lives they led, the contributions they made, and the examples they set.

As National Police Week has concluded, please join me in recognizing the acts of selflessness and heroism performed by DHS and other law enforcement personnel in communities across the country, every single day.

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