PEACE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
OF THE COUNTY OF MONTEREY
[DBA MONTEREY COUNTY PEACE OFFICERS ASSN]
PO BOX 1823
MONTEREY, CA 93942-1823
ATTN: MCPOA Membership
May 1, 2020
Good Day MCPOA,
This coming month we remember our fallen brothers and sisters from across the nation during Police Memorial Day and Police Memorial Week. President Ronald Reagan stated "There can be no more noble vocation than the protection of one's fellow citizens." National Police Week, and in particular Police Officers' Memorial Day, affords each and every one of us the yearly opportunity to reflect upon the countless contributions and sacrifices made by our nation's Police Officers.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which that date falls is known as National Police Week.
National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives or been disabled in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. We also celebrate the brave men and women who continue too selflessly confront danger to protect our families and defend our communities.
National Police Week and Police Day are opportunities for every one of us to honor and celebrate the lives of every single police officer to reflect on their courage, selflessness, sacrifice and to assure their survivors know they are forever a part of our countries history and they will forever be a part of our law enforcement family.
This year we have confronted a new enemy on the front lines, Covid-19. I am saddened that we cannot come together this year to draw strength from one another and too be able to celebrate our fellowship. The decision to cancel the MCPOA Police Memorial was a hard one, but it was the right decision for the safety and welfare of all our Law Enforcement families. The 2019 fallen officers deserve every bit of honor they were going to receive during National Police Week and during our annual MCPOA Police Memorial.
We ask that you take a moment of silence as you remember 146 Officer's (10 from California) who died in the line of duty during 2019.
In closing, I would like to share a story about the author of the prayer we use at so many of our functions; when tragedy struck on September 11, 2001 Father Brian Carroll, O.F.M., went up to Father Mychal Judge's room to inform him that a plane had just crashed into one of the World Trade Center Towers. Father Carroll recalls that Father Mychal Judge quickly took off his Franciscan habit, changed into his chaplain's uniform and headed for the door. That was the last time the Friar would see his friend alive. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Father Mychal Judge arrived at the World Trade Center shortly after the first plane hit. As Police Officers, Firefighters and other rescue personnel ran into the North Tower, Father Mychal Judge went with them as their Chaplain.
While serving in that capacity, he was killed, becoming the first certified fatality of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Here is the prayer we have adopted from Fire/Police Chaplain Father Mychal Judge:
"Lord, take me where You want me to go; Let me meet who You want me to meet; Tell me what You want me to say; And keep me out of Your way."
We continue to pray for all of our officers both on the front lines and behind the scenes who continue to go to work and serve our communities.
Be well, be safe and be vigilant.
/s/ Michael C. Kimball
Michael C. Kimball, President,