Earlier today, the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation held their Annual National Memorial Ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, to honor the brave men and women working the corrections beat –often considered the toughest beat in the law enforcement, — including nine officers killed in the line of duty in 2011.
There are now 585 names of correctional officers inscribed on the marble walls of the Memorial. The Memorial Service is part of CPOF’s Project 200 XXIII weekend, an annual four-day gathering for correctional officers and families. Project 200 XXIII weekend and also includes educational seminars, counseling sessions, activities for kids, and more.
Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO, Craig W. Floyd, gave brief remarks as part of the ceremony. He shared the stories of brave officers, such as Andrew Turner, who was killed on March 26, 1916. Officer Turner was fatality stabbed in the heart by an inmate at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Kansas. He left behind a wife and two children.
Mr. Floyd concluded his remarks by thanking corrections officers for all they do to protect our communities. “You may not always hear the words, ‘thank you,’ nearly enough but your nation built a national monument here in your honor…Few professionals receive such a high honor, and few are so deserving.”