CBP Officer Remembered at National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service
While the law enforcement officers might be gone, families, friends and colleagues who mourn their loss will never be left to walk alone. That was the message delivered to the thousands of law enforcement officers and their families – including CBP personnel and their loved ones - during the 38th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service in Washington, D.C., Wednesday.
“I am deeply honored to join in this sacred commemoration,” President Donald Trump told a sea of police uniforms from around the country and international partners at the foot of the U.S. Capitol, including CBP officers, Border Patrol agents, and Air and Marine Operations agents, who make up the thin, “blue” line of all law enforcement. “We come together to pay tribute to the American peace officers who made supreme sacrifice, all in the line of duty, in many cases, for people they never met, for people they didn’t know. We’re here to remember their noble lives.”
Among the 228 peace officers who died in the line of duty in 2018 and remembered with their names read aloud during the tribute was Christopher Todd Bacon, 51, a collections operations manager in CBP’s Office of Intelligence in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He died in an automobile crash while on duty June 7, near Crookston, Minnesota. A former Border Patrol agent and CBP air enforcement agent, Bacon’s law enforcement career spanned 22 years.
President Trump said the ceremony was not just for those who died; it also was a tribute to the family, friends and fellow officers left behind.
“Our whole country is praying for you, embracing you and pledging to you that we will never ever leave your side,” he said. “Your loved ones were extraordinary and selfless Americans who gave everything they had in defense of our communities, our children, our nation. Today we engrave their memories into our hearts and inscribe their names into the eternal roll call of American heroes.”
President Trump also commended the work CBP has been doing, in particular the Border Patrol along with other local, state and federal law enforcement partners. “The job they’ve done and the job they’re doing is incredible. What they have to go through and the danger is incredible, but they do it.”
In conclusion, President Trump reiterated the country’s support for the family and friends of all law enforcement.
“To every mom and dad, brother and sister, spouse and child of the brave fallen officers we honor today, America joins together in expressing our love, our gratitude, our grief and our firm resolve to be with you every single step of the way,” he said. “Your loved ones were the finest and the bravest.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.