We are right in the middle of National Police Appreciation week, and this year, the state has taken an extra step to give those that wear the badge their due recognition.
In recent months, North Dakota law enforcement saw 2 of their own die in the of duty plus the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.
Bismarck Police Chief Dan Donlin: “With the loss of Colt Allery, it really hits home. It’s just horrible for a family to lose a loved one, a law enforcement family to lose somebody that put on the badge, you know, to protect people. And then the community itself, lost a good-hearted individual that was willing to sacrifice himself for the safety of the community.”
North Dakota’s Chief Justice says there’s a powerful reason behind why we remember the fallen.
North Dakota Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle: “Well we need to remember what they’ve given for us. It’s just too easy – oh it’s a death and we mourn for a couple days and then life goes on. If we’re ever going to learn from our mistakes, we need to remember these people.”
Following the Bismarck police chief’s suggestion, Tuesday and Wednesday this week the capitol’s top two floors are lit in blue.. to commemorate the fallen and symbolize the thin line officers walk.
Bismarck Police Chief Dan Donlin: “No matter where you do this job, you’re one team. We’re a family, and we’ll help each other out no matter where it’s needed, and that really stood. And the support the community shows, right in the face of adversity of something like that is just tremendous.”
Colt Allery and Jason Moszer’s names were just added to the North Dakota Peace Officers memorial… which includes the names of every officer the state has lost.
Fargo Officer Jason Moszer’s name was also just added to a national memorial in Washington D.C.