Mayor Craig Cates, at Tuesday's City Commission meeting, proclaimed the week of May 11th as Key West Police Week.
“As a city we rely on Law Enforcement Officers to keep our neighborhoods safe, enforce our laws and respond in times of crisis,” reads the proclamation, noting that they sustain peace in the community and routinely put their lives on the line to protect and serve the community.
Key West Police Chief Donie Lee accepted the honor, inviting the commission and the community to attend the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service at 5:30 p.m. on May 16th at Bayview Park. The memorial honors those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their service and died in the line of duty.
“Just last night a state trooper, 30 years old, lost her life and paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Chief Lee told the commission. “She was struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop. This proclamation is timely.”
This week, continues the proclamation, is set aside to honor the extraordinary service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers and to remember the fallen heroes whose selfless acts have left behind safer streets and stronger communities.