Today Is National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Here Are Some Of Their Most Meaningful Moments

Jena Greene | Reporter

May 15 is commemorated as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. The day was instituted by John F. Kennedy on October 1, 1962.

The day is intended to commemorate the men and women of American law enforcement who have been injured, killed or otherwise affected in the line of duty. The day is usually included as a part of an entire week held in Washington, D.C., where thousands of men and women gather to commemorate those affected in the line of duty. This year, the week will be marked by meaningful commemorations, such as wreath laying ceremonies, candlelight vigils, a Catholic Mass specifically held for men and women in uniform, a K-9 memorial service and an honor guard competition. (RELATED: Unless You’ve Dealt With Situations Like These, Thank A Cop Today [SLIDESHOW])

Just in 2018, 53 police officers and law enforcement officials have been killed in the line of duty. Fifty-two of them were men and one was a woman. The two leading causes of death were by gunshot and automobile accidents.

Here are some of the most meaningful moments captured by the men and women on duty who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe every day.

Rest in peace Trooper Damon Allen. EOW: 11/23/17 Trooper Damon Allen was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on I-45 in Freestone County, just south of Fairfield, at approximately 4:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day. He had contacted the driver and was returning to his patrol car when the man exited his car and opened fire with a rifle. Trooper Allen was killed at the scene. The man was located in Waller County several hours later and taken into custody after exchanging shots with officers. Trooper Allen had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and three children. Rest easy Trooper. #OFFICERDOWN #ThinBlueLine #Police #Deputy #Sheriff #StateTrooper #AllLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #Police_USA

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EOW: 05/12/2017 RIP Chief Steven DiSario. Chief of Police Steven DiSario was shot and killed while responding to reports of an armed subject outside of a nursing home on Main Street. As he arrived on scene, he notified dispatchers that he had the subject in sight. As he made contact with the subject, he was shot and fatally wounded in front of the nursing home. The subject then went into the nursing home and murdered his girlfriend, who worked in the nursing home, and a second employee. The subject was also found deceased inside the nursing home. Chief DiSario had only served with the Kirkersville Police Department for three weeks. He is survived by his expectant wife and six children. #ThinBlueLine #Police #Deputy #Sheriff #StateTrooper #AllLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #Police_USA

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