Merkley Statement on National Police Week

Merkley Statement on National Police Week

America Honors Fallen Oregon Police Officers

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released a statement today honoring the brave men and women of law enforcement as well as remembering Oregon State Police Senior Trooper William Hakim and Woodburn Police Captain Thomas Tennant.

“We all rely on the selflessness and courageousness of the men and women of law enforcement to keep our communities safe,” said Merkley.  “I want to ask all Oregonians to take a moment to acknowledge the bravery of William Hakim, Oregon State Police Senior Trooper, and Thomas Tennant, Woodburn Police Captain, who tragically lost their lives in a bank bombing in December, as well as Police Chief Scott Russell who was critically injured.  We should all join together and honor these men for their sacrifices and their dedication to the safety of their fellow Oregonians.”

[Audio of Senator Merkley’s comments is available here.]

Oregon State Police Senior Trooper William Hakim and Woodburn Police Captain Thomas Tennant will have their names engraved on the National Law Enforcement Wall in Washington, DC in honor of the sacrifices they made for the safety of others. 

“Law enforcement officers put their own safety on the line every day to serve others,” said Merkley.  “We should thank them every day, but it is just and appropriate that we take a week to specially recognize the service police officers give to our communities and to remember those who gave their lives in the line of duty and their families.”

National Police Week is a week of special recognition to acknowledge members of law enforcement for their service to our country.  Starting on May 10th and continuing through May 16th, Americans have come together to pay tribute to fallen police officers and officers injured in the line of duty.  President John F. Kennedy designated May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, where fallen police officers are honored for their service to their communities. 

Audio of Senator Merkley’s comments on the bill is available here: 

http://merkley.senate.gov/imo/media/audio/merkley051509_-_police_officers.mp3