The Sutton County Sheriff’s Office marked the start of National Police Week with a community prayer breakfast Monday morning, May 13, 2019.

Uniformed officers, first responders, community leaders and local residents gathered at the Sutton County Sheriff’s Office just after 7:00 a.m. to enjoy breakfast, coffee and fellowship while recognizing the daily sacrifices of all law enforcement officers in performing their duty.

The special event is just one of the activities scheduled throughout the week in Sonora in honor of National Police Week – a week of national recognition for all peace officers.

While Deputy Marcos Guajardo finished bacon, sausage and eggs on the grill, Sheriff Oscar Chavez opened the special gathering with a few words of commendation for the men and women who serve in law enforcement, especially those in Sutton County.

Before bowing their heads, Deputy Cody Gann shared some statistics reflecting the consequences to the risks taken by officers while in the line of duty.

“On average we lose one officer per week,” Gann said. “Also, in the United States about every 10 minutes an officer is assaulted. So far this year, 38 male and three female officers. The average age of those who have died was 41 years old. Their average tour of duty 11 years and 11 months. Right now, Texas is tied for first place in officer related deaths.”

In his prayer, Gann delivered a powerful and emotional request for courage, strength, wisdom and mercy from God as he and his fellow officers follow their path, in justice and protection of others.

National Police Week is an annual nationwide tribute to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

Since 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week, the special commemoration has grown to include events which attract thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation’s Capital in Washington, DC each year.

Likewise, law enforcement agencies in communities nationwide come together to honor fellow officers, especially those who lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

As the morning sun signaled the promise of another day for officers and citizens alike to continue lives, Gann closed his prayer, “And, finally, Lord, I pray if on some dark and dreary night I must be called to give my life, please Lord, with your everlasting love, protect those special in my life. Amen.”