AVON — Chief Jeffrey Bukunt and the Avon Police Department are honoring fallen officers from near and far during National Police Week this week.
National Police Week takes place this year from May 9-15 and is observed across the country as a way to honor local, state and federal law enforcement officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty.
In honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day on Saturday, May 15, Avon Police will join agencies nationwide in flying its flags at half-staff to honor officers who have given their lives in service to their communities.
“National Police Week is a good time to honor the men and women we have lost in the line of duty, and we would like to recognize those officers for their service, their dedication, and for their sacrifice,” Chief Bukunt said. “We also would like to take the time to thank our current officers and officers everywhere for their continued efforts protecting and serving the residents of their communities.”
Every year, between 25,000-40,000 law enforcement officers from around the world would normally gather in Washington, D.C. to pay their respects during a number of planned events. Though this year’s in-person events are cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a candlelight vigil will be held virtually on Thursday, May 13 at 8 p.m. to memorialize those who sacrificed all for their communities.