Falls Park Shines Blue For Fallen Law Enforcement Officers

In 2015 alone, 128 officers were killed in the line of duty

In 1962 President John F. Kennedy declared May 15 as National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, honoring law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

In 2015 alone, 128 officers were killed.

While none of those took place in South Dakota, surrounding states can’t say the same.

North Dakota, Nebraska, and Minnesota all lost one officer and Iowa lost two.

Here in the Sioux Empire, blue lights are shinning at Falls Park at night to honor those officers.

A reminder that the South Dakota Fraternal Order of Police President says is nice when the job becomes discouraging.

“It can be a blow to your moral sometimes when it feels like it’s an us against them mentality, but that’s the last mentality we can have,” says Cpt. Mike Walsh. “We can’t have an us against them because were apart of them and they’re apart of us.”

Sunday kicks off National Police Week where all 800,000 law enforcement officers are honored for the sacrifices they make to keep the public safe.