“Law enforcement officers serve as a boundary between a functioning society and a lawless one.”
WASHINGTON – Following National Police Weekend,U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) today recognized and honored members of Alabama’s law enforcement who have lost their lives this year.
Senator Tuberville’s remarks can be found below, and the speech can be viewed here.
“I want to begin today by recognizing the service and sacrifice of our law enforcement officers. This past weekend, Americans here in our nation’s capital and around the country participated in National Police Weekend. Being a law enforcement officer is one of the toughest and most dangerous jobs there is. I think people on both sides of the aisle in this chamber can agree on that.”
“Law enforcement officers serve as a boundary between a functioning society and a lawless one. And sadly, during the course of their vital duty to serve and protect our communities, some pay the ultimate price. Alabama has lost four individuals in the line of duty to date this year: Deputy Sheriff William H. Smith, of the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, Police Officer Marquis Dewon Moorer, of the Selma Police Department, Corrections Officer Maurice ‘Reese’ Jackson, of the Robertsdale Police Department, Sergeant Nick Risner, of Sheffield Police Department.”
“And our state has lost five individuals this year from COVID: Lieutenant Jeff Bain, of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Police Officer Juan Manuel Gomez-Lopez, of the Pelham Police Department, Deputy Sheriff Harry ‘Buddy’ Hutchinson, of the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Police Officer Brandon Ard, of the Orange Beach Police Department, Investigator Richard Wendell Humphrey, of the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office.”
“These nine individuals deserve our honor. They got out of bed each morning, put on their uniform, and went to work for our communities across the country.”
“To their friends and families, thank you for your sacrifice. It’s a tough task loving and supporting someone who goes to work each day, putting their life on the line to protect people they don’t even know – they know only that they are fellow Americans. And to every Alabamian who wears a badge and uniform, thank you for all you do for our communities.”
Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.