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Next week is National Police Week

Posted: Updated: May 10, 2013 04:09 PM

MONROE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Communities across the United States will come together during National Police Week - May 12th through May 18th - to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.

The U.S. Attorneys will be honoring local heroes at their offices. "Law enforcement officers face the monumental challenge of protecting and serving the public every day," stated U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley. "They risk their lives for all of us, and the men and women of the Western District salute and remember them during National Police Week. We specifically remember those who have fallen while on duty and the legacy of service their sacrifice leaves."

This year, the names of 321 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. These 321 officers include 120 officers who were killed during 2012, plus 201 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.

The fallen officers of 2012 include two members of the law enforcement community in the Western District of Louisiana. Deputy Sheriff Randall L. Benoit, age 41, of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, died in an automobile accident Jan. 18, 2012. He served for 18 years and is survived by his wife. Deputy Sheriff Ricky Ray Issac Jr., age 24, of the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office, died Dec. 8, 2012, in an automobile accident as well. He is survived by his wife and infant son.

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