National Police Week is chance to recognize law enforcement for service

Posted 14 May 2018 at 10:37 am

May 15 is also National Peace Officers Memorial Day

David Whittier, an Orleans County deputy sheriff, was 41 when he died on Sept. 8, 1989. Whittier was on routine road patrol when he came upon an unoccupied pickup truck on Gaines Basin Road on Jan. 19, 1989. While Whittier was inspecting the truck, he was hit by a drunk driver and then dragged about 100 feet. He survived the accident and remained in the hospital until April 1989. After being home for a few months, his condition did not improve. He had contracted cancer, which doctors said was trauma induced. Doctors said his immune system was too compromised due to injuries sustained from the accident. About 700 people, including police officers around the state, attended his funeral in Clarendon at the Disciples United Methodist Church.

Press Release, Sheriff Randy Bower

ALBION – National Police Week is set aside this week to honor America’s law enforcement community for their hard work and dedication in protecting and serving their local communities.

The men and women of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office are dedicated to the mission of providing prompt, exemplary service while protecting the community. The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office is committed to protect the lives, property and rights of all people, maintain order and enforce the law.

Emphasis is placed on improving and maintaining quality of life to ensure our county is a safe place to live, work and visit. The members of this office are dedicated to this mission, to the County they serve, and achieving excellence within their profession.

During National Police Officer Week in 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day as a special recognition day for law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

Please join me in recognizing Orleans County’s Deputy Sheriffs and Police Officers for their hard work, dedication and service to our community.

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