House Recognizes National Police Week, Peace Officers Memorial Day
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives recognized May 14 through May 20, 2023, as National Police Week and May 19, 2023, as Peace Officers Memorial Day in Oklahoma. House Resolution 1019, authored by Rep. John George, R-Newalla, was adopted Wednesday, May 17. "This week, we take a moment to express our gratitude to the unwavering commitment, courage and sacrifice of law enforcement officers," George said. "We must also stand together in remembering the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and serving Oklahomans." In 1963, President Kennedy issued the first proclamation for Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week to remember and honor law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifices. Peace Officers Memorial Day, which annually falls on May 15, honors law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. National Police Week offers honor, remembrance, and support while allowing law enforcement, survivors, and citizens to gather and pay homage to those who gave their lives serving our state and nation. HR1019 remembers the seven law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty within the last year: Sergeant Christopher James Nelson, Edmond Police Department; Captain William Riley Hargraves, Osage County Sheriff's Office; Sergeant Robert Blain Swartz, Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office; Sergeant Meagan Burke, Oklahoma City Police Department; Detention Officer Kenneth Fowler, Pontotoc County Sheriff's Office; Patrolman Joseph Barlow, McAlester Police Department; and Deputy Sheriff Jeremy McCain, Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office. The resolution recognizes the House's strong support for law enforcement officers in Oklahoma and across the United States in the efforts that those officers undertake to build safer and more secure communities.