Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today joined Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, Metropolitan Police Department Chief of Police Cathy Lanier and members of the local law enforcement community to participate in the 33rd Annual Washington Area Police Memorial Service, honoring the service and sacrifice of law enforcement professionals who gave their lives in the line of duty.
"The loss of these brave individuals is another reminder of the dangers the men and women of law enforcement often face while on the job, the risks they so willingly take, and the sacrifices they make for us, our communities, and our nation," said Secretary Napolitano. "It is because of their service and sacrifice that our nation remains safe today and we continue to enjoy the freedoms and liberties that we all cherish."
The annual service recognizes the members of the Washington area law enforcement family who have given their lives in service to their communities. In 2011, three local officers lost their lives in the line of duty.
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