For generations, the brave women and men of the Apopka Police Department have answered the call to serve and protect our community.  Enduring long shifts in dangerous and unpredictable circumstances, the APD embodies the courage and honor that represent the best that Apopka has to offer. On Peace Officers Memorial Day and during Police Week, we express our gratitude for the selfless public servants who wear the badge and put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe, and we pay respect for those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

In moments of danger and desperation, the first people we turn to are law enforcement officers.  These often unsung heroes risk their lives and sacrifice precious time with loved ones so their fellow citizens can live in peace and security.  But more than that, they are leaders in their communities, serving as mentors, coaches, friends, and neighbors — working tirelessly each day to ensure that the people they serve have the opportunities that should be afforded to everyone.  In honor of all they do, we must give these dedicated professionals the support and appreciation they deserve.

This week the Apopka Police Honor Guard, made up of Sergeant Steve Harmon, Detective Mark Creaser, Detective Jim Maloney, and Officer John Giarratana, are in Washington DC for the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Police Week. The attached photos are from the candlelight service and the wreath vigil at the National Law Enforcement Memorial. The Honor guard was also present for a special wreath ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery for the Orlando Police Department, Orange County Sheriffs Office, and Kissimmee Police Department. Those agencies have names of fallen officers who were killed in 2017. Their names were added to the wall at the Law Enforcement Memorial and were also read out loud during the Candlelight service along with hundreds of other Law Enforcement Officer’s names who were killed in 2017. The APD’s own Officer Denson L Hudson, who was shot and killed in 1941, had his name added to the wall in Washington in 2012. Currently there are more than 21,000 names on the wall. Sadly the number continues to grow. Please help by remembering our public servants who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the communities that they served.

Editor’s Note – APD News contributed to this report.

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  1. Yesterday I went by the Apopka Post Office to mail a bill, and I noticed the flag was half way down the flagpole, and I remember asking my husband, why was the flag at half-mast (or is it half-staff) I can’t remember, the exact term? We were trying to think of what it was down for…..and we didn’t know. I started thinking about what has been in the news, and I happened to think of the new site of the embassy in Israel, which has been moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, then thinking about the 53 people killed, and 2400+ people who have been wounded there, while protesting the move of the embassy, thinking at first, maybe that was the reason of the flag half-mast, then I thought, no, of course not, as our government would not recognize that event, at all! I think Trump did a very bad move, he should have just left the embassy where it was, to avoid the chaos, and bloodshed that was going to be evident. He downplayed that there would be international protest, and condemnation of such a move, when informed that, that is what would happen, and disregarded his expert foreign policy advisor’s advice. Trump just wanted his name on the plague of the wall, at the new embassy site, that is all, it was just another “branding” of his name upon everything he can possibly stick his name upon, that is all it was, plus to cater to his son-in-law, and his son-in-law’s parents. Now, there are those infuriated, internationally, and are calling for terrorism against America, at a more intense renewed interest…..and there is talk of Trump getting the Nobel Peace Prize Award….please, there will be no peace, now, for sure! Finally, I see why the flag at the post office was at half-staff, and it was for National Law Enforcement Memorial and Police Week, at least, that is what I think, that the flag was lowered for to half-mast. If you do not agree with me, sorry about that, that is my opinion.

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