HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – With National Law Enforcement Memorial Week beginning May 11, local law enforcement agencies are preparing to honor fallen officers by sending representatives to funerals for state troopers killed in the line of duty.
This week, two state troopers were shot and killed in Alaska and one state trooper was hit and killed by a car in Florida.
The Huntington detachment of the West Virginia State Police is making plans to send two troopers to each of the funerals.
Detachment Commander Sgt. G.N. Losh tells WSAZ.com it’s worth the time and money spent to pay respects to other fallen officers. “It's hit home for the state police here, and we just make it a goal that if we can get guys out to pay our condolences, like for instance this week Alaska and Florida, things like that, that's what we're going to do,” Sgt. Losh said.
Nearly two years ago, two West Virginia State Police troopers were killed during a traffic stop. Corporal Marshall Bailey and Trooper Eric Workman were both shot during a traffic stop, and one died right away, while the other died later from his injuries. Losh said officers from across the country showed up to the funerals to honor the fallen troopers.
The Huntington detachment is also sending representatives to Memorial Week in Washington, D.C., which runs from May 11 to May 17.
Losh tells WSAZ.com he hopes the public will take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by law enforcement.
“I'd give my life for my kids in a second, and my wife, my family. But you've got men and women in uniform every day, putting it on the line for strangers, people they don't know,” Losh said. “If you reflect on that, it's kind of heroic.”