Five fallen Dallas officers honored as National Police Week kicks off

Posted May 22, 2017

Following the deadly ambush attack on police officers in Dallas last July, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation asked President Barack Obama to light the White House in blue in honor of the five officers killed in the incident.

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

The president's remarks came during the 36th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service held outside the U.S. Capitol, the Associated Press reported. Local officer says they were honored to show their support to families.

Hendersonville police also honored other law enforcement officers across Tennessee who have died in the line of duty, including Maury County Sheriff's Deputy Jimmy Tennyson and Metro Nashville Police Officer Eric Mumaw, who both died this year.

"The attacks on our police must end and they must end right now", he said as the crowd applauded.

We ask everyone to take a moment to remember the dedication and sacrifice of the men and women who work day and night, 365 days a year, to enforce our laws and keep our communities safe.

"It's really been something different, but we miss Nick very much", said Janice Smarr, mother of fallen Officer Nick Smarr. It honors officers nationwide who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The Olive Branch Police Department hosted the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Monday morning.

"And included in safe means safe from crimes, safe from terrorists, and safe from all enemies foreign and domestic".

"We know that the risk is real".

The families of officers Smith and Smarr will stay in Washington for several more days, participating in support activities.