Police Week: MacDill pays tribute to fallen comrades

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  • By Airman 1st Class Caleb Nunez
  • 6th Air Mobility Wing

Established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, Police Week is a national observance that pays tribute to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

To commemorate this observance, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, hosted a variety of events May 21-24, 2018.

The observance began with a remembrance ceremony in which Airmen placed roses on a Fallen Soldier Battle Cross to honor the memory of those who have fallen so that their sacrifice may never be forgotten.

“Police Week gives us a chance to think about the sacrifices our comrades have made in the defense of our freedom,” said Airman 1st Class Austin Arnold, an entry controller assigned to the 6th Security Forces Squadron. “It was a privilege to honor the memory of those who have protected us countryside and overseas.”

After a moment of silence, the remembrance ceremony concluded and a 24-hour vigilance run began. The runners carried a thin blue line flag, which represents courage in the face of insurmountable odds.

“Although running for an hour straight was physically challenging, all I could think of was why I was running and who I was running for,” said Airman 1st Class Allison Coker, an entry controller assigned to the 6th Security Forces Squadron. “The pain didn’t matter when I thought about how others have sacrificed way more.”

Following the vigilance run, the flag was carried over to a softball field, where a Battle of the Badges kickball game was held between law enforcement and the fire department to conclude the events on a high note.

“Sometimes, in our day-to-day, we forget why we do what we do and how important it is,” said Arnold. “Honoring those who gave everything to protect us and our rights, really makes the big picture visible when you’re doing something as small as scanning ID’s at the gate.”