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Candles light up the sky as thousands attend vigil to honor fallen law enforcement officers #englishheadline #Candles #light #sky #thousands #attend #vigil #honor #fallen #law #enforcement #officers

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Thousands lit up candles at the National Mall in Washington DC last night to honor the deaths of more than 700 law enforcement officers in a moving vigil.

More than 4,000 officers and their families attended the annual candlelit ceremony during National Police Weekend to offer their tributes to the hundreds who have died in the line of duty.

There have been 701 officer deaths in recent years including 434 who died in 2020 and 2019, when the last ceremony was held before Covid struck. 

Two thirds of those who died last year were related to the virus. 

During the emotional ceremony, their names were added to a the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial which displays the 22,611 law enforcement officers who have died in duty throughout US history.

Thousands of candles are held up during the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s Annual Candlelight Vigil, on the National Mall

Nancy Devlin, wife of former Massachusetts state trooper Thomas Devlin who was hit by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop and passed away from complications of injuries, wipes tears during the ceremony

Nancy Devlin, wife of former Massachusetts state trooper Thomas Devlin who was hit by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop and passed away from complications of injuries, wipes tears during the ceremony

More than 4,000 officers and their families attended the candlelit ceremony to offer their tributes to the hundreds who have died in the line of duty

More than 4,000 officers and their families attended the candlelit ceremony to offer their tributes to the hundreds who have died in the line of duty

Families and colleagues participate in a candlelight vigil as part of Police Weekend 2021 in Washington DC

Families and colleagues participate in a candlelight vigil as part of Police Weekend 2021 in Washington DC

Chiquita Newman, is comforted by Chicago Police officer Al Ferreira over the death of her husband Ronald Newman who died after contracting Covid on duty

Chiquita Newman, is comforted by Chicago Police officer Al Ferreira over the death of her husband Ronald Newman who died after contracting Covid on duty

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said: ‘Today we recognize the nobility of the law enforcement profession. We pay tribute to those who lost their lives in sacrifice of the safety of our communities, and we remember them.’ 

Their lives and service were marked with a final roll call of honor on Thursday evening. 

Attorney General Merrick Garland said: ‘We are gathered here today to honor those seven hundred and one fallen officers whose names have been added to the National Law Enforcement Officers memorial. 

Allen Montoya (left) and Eduardo Pintor (right) of Texas Harris County Sheriff's Office participate in the vigil to honor their colleagues

Allen Montoya (left) and Eduardo Pintor (right) of Texas Harris County Sheriff’s Office participate in the vigil to honor their colleagues

The National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial held its 2021 candlelight vigil to remember law enforcement personnel who were killed in the line of duty

The National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial held its 2021 candlelight vigil to remember law enforcement personnel who were killed in the line of duty

A bagpiper performs during the candlelight vigil as the names of the fallen officers were added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

A bagpiper performs during the candlelight vigil as the names of the fallen officers were added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial which displays the 22,611 law enforcement officers who have died in duty throughout US history

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial which displays the 22,611 law enforcement officers who have died in duty throughout US history

‘We gather because grieving, remembering, and honoring those we have lost means more when we can do it together. I’m honored to be here in person with you for this occasion.’ 

Garland made reference to DEA Special Agent Michael Garbo who died this month after trying to seize five pounds of marijuana from suspected drug traffickers in Tucson, Arizona.

Garbo was shot dead when a passenger, who also died, opened fire as officers were doing a routine inspection for illegal guns, money and drugs on the train headed to New Orleans from Los Angeles. 

A second federal agent and a Tucson police officer were wounded. 

Garland made reference to DEA Special Agent Michael Garbo who died this month after trying to seize five pounds of marijuana from suspected drug traffickers in Tucson, Arizona

Garland made reference to DEA Special Agent Michael Garbo who died this month after trying to seize five pounds of marijuana from suspected drug traffickers in Tucson, Arizona

Nearly two thirds of officers who died last year in the line of duty were related to Covid as first responders continued to work on the streets despite the pandemic

Nearly two thirds of officers who died last year in the line of duty were related to Covid as first responders continued to work on the streets despite the pandemic

Caleb Bennett of South Carolina holds up a torch during the touching ceremony attended by thousands in Washington DC

Caleb Bennett of South Carolina holds up a torch during the touching ceremony attended by thousands in Washington DC

Garland discussed the growing opioid epidemic and the rise in gun violence that threatens officers across the country

Garland discussed the growing opioid epidemic and the rise in gun violence that threatens officers across the country

Garland also cited Deputy US Marshal Jared Keyworth who died in a car accident in Mississippi while responding to a felony offender case.

The Attorney General said they both ‘made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty’.

Nearly two thirds of officers who died last year in the line of duty were related to Covid as first responders continued to work on the streets despite the pandemic.

Garland also discussed the growing opioid epidemic and the rise in gun violence that threatens officers across the country.

He said: ‘The opioid epidemic and the threat of fentanyl endanger all of our communities and internet crimes, in particular online child sexual exploitation, have reached historic levels.

A law enforcement officer holds up a candle to honor the hundreds of servicemen and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty

A law enforcement officer holds up a candle to honor the hundreds of servicemen and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty

The four local officers who died by suicide following the Capitol riots were not included in the 701 names, sparking a debate about what constitutes the line of duty

The four local officers who died by suicide following the Capitol riots were not included in the 701 names, sparking a debate about what constitutes the line of duty

Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers :Fun d said

Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said the names of the fallen ‘will be forever etched on the walls of the Memorial and in the hearts of an eternally grateful nation’

Colleagues stood alongside their families as they held up the candles and honored the victims during the emotional ceremony

Colleagues stood alongside their families as they held up the candles and honored the victims during the emotional ceremony

‘To many, these challenges may seem insurmountable, but not to you.’  

Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said ahead of the ceremony: ‘The stories behind each of the 701 new names that we officially add to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial tonight are so special.

‘To pay them proper tribute, each of their names will be read as a part of the ceremony and will be forever etched on the walls of the Memorial and in the hearts of an eternally grateful nation. 

‘To them and the families that they represent, and to all law enforcement professionals who serve each day to protect us, thank you.’

The four local officers who died by suicide following the Capitol riots were not included in the 701 names, sparking a debate about what constitutes the line of duty. 



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