PEORIA, Ill.– “I think the biggest takeaway […] I truly believe most people in our community, our state and our nation truly respect the law enforcement role.They know the need of it.” said Brian Asbell, Peoria County Sheriff.
May 12-18 is National Police Week. Tuesday, the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office honored those who lost their lives in the line of duty with a memorial service.
“Usually it’s a tragic event that brings people together, but to have the amount of people that showed up today, it’s heartwarming.” said Asbell.
A total of 158 officers died in the line of duty in 2018. Fourty-two officers as of 2019, and four of those officers from Illinois.
“Sometimes you are part of unfortunate events, you see things you aren’t supposed to see, and it follows you home and you have to have that supporting cast.” said Asbell.
And if you see them out on the town, thank them for everything they do for us.
“I’ve got the best job in the world- I really do. And to have a team like we do, day in, day out; Everyone has a role here at this department and we all depend on one another. It shows in our work.” said Asbell.