Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes
Welcoming Address during 2019
Orange County Peace Officers
“I want to thank you all for being here this evening. This evening is a solemn time in that we’re remembering those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. It is also a celebration because for the fifth year in a row, we are not adding a name to this wall.
“Our nation began this week honoring the men and women of the armed forces who died in service to our country. Tonight, we honor the 53 brave heroes who died in service to the people of Orange County…
“Across our nation, 106 peace officers laid down their lives while protecting their communities last year. The loss of … even one member of the law enforcement family, no matter the location, is a loss we all mourn and a life we must make certain is not forgotten….
“The 53 names on this wall and the 106 peace officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2018 are individuals who gave their own last full measure of devotion for the safety of others – for the safety of us.
“We must not forget their sacrifice. I’m heartened to see you all here tonight honoring their memory…. The people on this wall are individuals who stood against those who perpetrate violence, who sought to bring calm in times of crisis, and who were a helping hand to communities in need. They fulfilled the law enforcement call to duty and were servants to the people.
“As we honor and remember tonight, let us also continue to dedicate ourselves to such actions and ideals. In doing so, we are carrying forth the work done by these 53 to ensure Orange County remains a community of safety and compassion for all of our residents.
– Sheriff Don Barnes
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