Beaufort County officials, law enforcement recognize killed officers

info@islandpacket.comMay 15, 2013 

Beaufort County officials and area law enforcement took a moment Wednesday to memorialize police officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

Beaufort County Council Chairman Paul Sommerville proclaimed May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, which has been recognized across the country since its creation by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, according to news release from the county and Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Proclamations were received Wednesday by: Beaufort County Sheriff PJ Tanner, Beaufort Police Chief Matthew Clancy, Port Royal Police Chief Alan Beach, Bluffton Police Chief Joey Reynolds and Yemassee Police Chief Jack Hagy.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, about 120 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2012.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed legislation that U.S. flags on federal buildings be flown at half staff every May 15 for the holiday. Locally, Tanner requested all flags on county buildings be flown at half staff, too.

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