FULTON, NY – To honor the men and women who safeguard the rights and freedoms of citizens across the nation Thursday (May 15) has been designated by Congress and the President of the United States as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the city of Fulton Common Council passed a proclamation last week acknowledging its participation .
With May 11-17 designated as Police Week, Fire and Police Commission member Alan DeLine presented the Fulton Common Council with several honors May 6 after the proclamation was passed.
“National Police Week has two distinct purposes,” DeLine explained. “The first one is to honor the police officers who have made the supreme sacrifice – to serve as a remembrance of that fact.”
At his request, those present in the council chamber stood for a moment of silence before DeLine continued.
“The second purpose is to celebrate all police officers and what they do on a day by day basis,” he said. “As I talk to people in Fulton I want Chief Orlo Green and his police officers to know that you are very much appreciated by your community and recognized for the excellent work you do on a day-by-day basis.”
DeLine presented the Fulton Police Benevolent Association with a $100 donation to acknowledge and help to further “all the good work the PBA does.”
The union’s current president, Lieutenant Kenneth Sheldon, was a student of DeLine’s when he taught criminal justice and police science at SUNY Oswego and the retired professor took the opportunity to publically commend the lieutenant.
“I hope I had some influence on his career in law enforcement. I knew back then that he would make a fine police officer and Ken has proved me right,” DeLine said. “He’s not only well thought of by the department heads but also by his fellow officers.”
The Fire and Police Commission member also made a donation to The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in the name of Fulton’s Mayor Ron Woodward.
“As a result, I received a National Police Week 2014 badge of honor sticker for the mayor’s office door,” DeLine said.
After apologizing that his voice was a bit weak, the mayor read his proclamation calling upon all citizens of the city of Fulton, and all “patriotic, civil and educational organizations to observe the week of May 11 – 17 as Police Week.”
Woodward further urged citizens to thank officers past and present “who by their faithful and loyal devotion to their responsibilities have rendered a dedicated service to their communities and, in doing so, have established for themselves an enviable and enduring reputation for preserving the right and security of all citizens.”
The mayor said the city’s municipal buildings will fly the American Flag at half-staff on Thursday (May 15) “in honor of those peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, have lost their lives or have become disabled in the performance of duty.”