There are over 21,000 officers across the U.S. who have died in the line of duty — 64 of those are North Dakotans.
Heidi Werosta went to the North Dakota Peace Officers Memorial to remember our fallen heroes.
Every year we take the time to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Doug Burgum, ND Governor, says, “There’s a reason why they call law enforcement North Dakota’s finest.”
Being in law enforcement is not an easy job… there’s good days and bad.
Each day officers leave their families they never know what’s ahead.
Wayne Stenehjem, ND Attorney General, says, “They don’t know what dangers they will face when they kiss their family and hug them good-bye.”
Mark Thueson is an officer and says his family worries everyday, but he knows his job is to protect the neighborhood.
Mark Thueson, Officer for Lincoln PD, says, “To provide the service for the community. When people have questions or are in danger or anything like that first thing they do is call 911 we need the police here.”
Law enforcement officers protect our communities and enforce the laws.
Some have fallen while in the line of duty.
There are 64 names on the North Dakota Peace Officers Memorial and the most recent Colt Allery.
Stenehjem says, “His name was added to the national law enforcement memorial in Washington D.C. this year.”
It’s important to take the time to recognize all of those officers who never made it home again.
Stenehjem says, “And we are certainly prayerful that next year when the ceremony takes place at the same setting that we will not have to add another name.”
Officers are there to protect and to serve, but as U.S. Citizens and North Dakotans — we can never repay what our law enforcement officers have done for us.
For the second year in a row – the state Capitol will be marked with a thin blue line — it establishes the divide between chaos and order.