Kaufman County law enforcement paid tribute to its fallen heroes during its National Police Week Memorial Day Ceremony on Wednesday, May 15 inside the Terrell High School Athletic Complex.
“We must do all we can to keep our city safe and it starts right here with you, with you men and women and for that I say thank you,” Rick Carmona, the next Terrell Mayor, said. “Everyday thousands of law enforcement officers leave their homes and families to report to duty in departments across the United States, however, unlike many other professions, these uniform officers are at an increased risk for not returning home due to the inherit dangers of your job.”
Carmona said we have to do everything in our power to ensure that our officers are well trained, well staffed and well protected.
“In short, its our responsibility to minimize, as best we can, the dangerous of this job,” Carmona said. “I want to say thank you to [Terrell] police chief Ken McKeown for your consistency and professionalism and for leading a dedicated team of 42 officers who make up our department. It’s not only Terrell but all of Kaufman County, we appreciated each and everyone of you guys and women.”
Carlton Tidwell, President of the Terrell Chamber of Commerce, said we appreciate your effort everyday to get up and protect us.
“As one of the top ten fastest growing counties in the nation, in Kaufman County, that’s puts even more pressure on first responders today than it has ever because of the influx of people everyday. The City of Terrell’s population grows by 5,000 everyday during the work week. Those 5,000 come here to work, to play, to shop and then they leave and go back to their homes. It puts an incredible amount of pressure to first responders everywhere. We appreciate very much what you do and on behalf of the board of directors of the Terrell Chamber of Commerce and our 476 members, we say thank you for what you do.”
Michael Chitty, 422nd district court judge, read a proclamation to observe Wednesday, May 15, 2019 as Police Officers Memorial Day in Kaufman County.
“They stand watch over our citizens, selflessly risking their lives to protect individuals, families, neighborhoods and property against crime,” Chitty said.
Rev. Gary Weems, Chaplain of the Terrell Police Department, said we are mindful of the tremendous sacrifices of the Texas heroes who laid down their lives while protecting their communities.
“To the men and women who selflessly confront dangers to protect our families and defend our communities,” Weems said.
Chief Ken McKeown honored Terrell police officers O.V. Rosenbaum who had his end of watch on July 12, 1962 and he honored Robert Stout who had his end of watch on June 5, 1980.
District Attorney Erleigh Norville Wiley honored Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse who had his end of watch on Jan. 31, 2013 and she honored District Attorney Mike McClelland and wife Cynthia who had their end of watch on March 30, 2013.
The welcome, scripture and prayer was presented by Detective Michael Clay of the Forney Police Department.
The presentation of colors was done by the Terrell Fire Department and Forney Fire Department Honor Guard.
The “National Anthem”, “America”, “God Bless America” and “Taps” was performed by the Terrell High School band.
The “Last Alarm Bell” was performed by the Dallas Retired Fire Fighters Association Honor Guard.
Julio Torres, Chaplain of the Terrell Police Department, gave the Benediction.