People are called to serve their fellow citizens in a variety of ways, from mentoring young kids to providing goods and services that fuel our economy to helping individuals receive quality healthcare services that improve their quality of life. Last week, our nation recognized and celebrated a group of men and women who give so much to maintain safety, order and freedom on our streets and in our communities.
“National Police Week” reminds us of the thousands of police officers across Ohio who put on the uniform and leave their families each day to help keep society safe and secure. President John F. Kennedy launched this idea in 1962 by signing a proclamation that marked the week of May 15th as National Police Week. May 15th specifically was designated as “Peace Officers Memorial Day.”
A police officer’s call to service is a steep burden that they perform proudly and courageously. We are all truly blessed to have such strong men and women who are willing to risk their lives to protect our own.
For some, the call to service becomes the ultimate sacrifice. Together, we mourn their loss and the hardships that such sacrifices place on their families and loved ones. And we are thankful that such fine people gave so much to improve the world around them.
So often, our law enforcement officials are called upon to be ready at a moment’s notice during times of potential danger. They are on the front lines keeping our loved ones out of harm’s way. Other times, we rely on them to help us find peace and resolution in moments of chaos.
In March, I was honored to deliver the commencement address to the 159th class of troopers to graduate from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. That served as yet another example of just how fortunate I feel to live in Ohio, and this country for that matter, because I was able to look into the eyes of men and women who selflessly swore an oath to serve and protect.
Of course, one week is not enough time to fully recognize all that our law enforcement community does for us. But I hope it can at least serve as a reminder that there are real human beings behind those badges, who are willing and ready to step up to the plate during perilous times to keep us and our loved ones safe.
Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) represents the 91st District, which includes Clinton County.