I had the privilege of attending the 20th Annual Peace Officers’ Memorial Candlelight Service on May 9, 2012, at St. Charles Memorial Gardens. This service honors the men and women of law enforcement who have given their lives in the line of duty as well as those currently serving our communities, putting their lives on the line everyday to keep us safe.
The guest speaker, Colonel Ronald Replogle, Superintendent with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, provided a meaningful speech with eye-opening statistics of dangers police officers face every day. I commend him for his moving speech which made myself and I am quite positive, everyone else in attendance, think about the risks officers take every day just by putting on their uniforms every day.
I was also moved by the speech given by a surviving family member of a fallen officer who showed courage in spite of her own grief, offering support to those who have been or will be impacted by a loved one killed in the line of duty.
I was truly honored to be in attendance at this event to recognize our police officers and the vital contributions they make to the safety, quality of life and well being of our citizens.
St. Peters Mayor