FULTON, NY – Congress and the president of the United States have designated today as Peace Officers Memorial Day.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIt is a day when we can reflect and remember those who have given their lives in the line of duty,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Fulton Deputy Chief Thomas Abelgore said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIt reminds everyone what a dangerous job it is, even in the small community of Fulton.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚ÂMayor Ronald Woodward has officially designated this week as Police Week in the city of Fulton. A mayoral proclamation was read into the official minutes of the Fulton Common Council meeting this past week.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe members of the law enforcement agency of the city of Fulton play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of the citizens of Fulton,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â the proclamation read.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIt is important that all citizens know and understand the problems, duties and responsibilities of their police department, and that members of our police department recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property by protecting them against violence and disorder, and by protecting the innocent against deception and the week against oppression or intimidation,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â it continued.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe police department in the city of Fulton has grown to be a modern and scientific law enforcement agency which unceasingly provides a vital public service.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Woodward called on all citizens and patriotic, civil and educational organizations to take time this week to thank officers, past and present, whose ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œfaithful and loyal devotion to their responsibilities have rendered a dedicated service to their communities and, in doing so, have established themselves an enviable and enduring reputation for preserving the rights and security of all citizens.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Woodward also called on citizens to take time today to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œin honor of those peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, have lost their lives or have become disabled in the performance of duty.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â