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VAMC celebrates National Police Week

Protecting those who served, remembering those fallen

Officer Donna Thomas explains items at the police service display to a Veteran patient during Police Week at the Charleston VA Medical Center.

By Jenny Stripling
Thursday, May 15, 2014

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week.

Each May, during National Police Week, the U.S. recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement and pays tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The Charleston VA Medical Center Police Service provides extraordinary service for Veteran patients, staff and visitors.
Police Service is not only responsible for law enforcement, but they also serve as first responders in times of emergencies and always do everything in their power to resolve situations professionally and peacefully. One moment you may find them helping someone unlock their car; while the next they are responding to a patient that has fallen. Safety and protection is their top priority.

Officer Donna Thomas has been with the Charleston VAMC police service for almost four years.
“As a Veteran I enjoy being able to protect those who served and seeing a smile on their faces. It makes my job worthwhile,” said Thomas.

Each year a candlelight vigil is held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC in honor of the law enforcement officers who have died that year. The names engraved on the Memorial include fallen officers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and federal law enforcement and military police agencies.

Here at the Charleston VAMC we celebrate those who protect and serve us every minute of every day, and we honor the courageous officers who devoted themselves so fully to others that in the process they laid down their lives.


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