Washington, D.C. – Every American law enforcement officer – police, sheriffs, detectives, deputies, other first responders – makes a promise to this country. They will fight to their last breath to keep our country and communities safe. We see example after example of them running into danger for strangers. They stand between order and chaos, and they always answer the call.
Recent events in Putnam County, Georgia, and Alexandria, Virginia, are examples of this commitment. Each and every day, they walk out the doors of their homes to protect and serve our families at the risk of not returning to theirs. This week, our community lost two brave and selfless officers, Sergeant Christopher Monica and Sergeant Curtis Billue, at the hands of two rogue inmates. One of my friends and colleagues, Congressman Steve Scalise, two Capitol Police officers, a Congressional staff member, and a government affairs employee, were shot and injured after a surprise attack by a coward – motivated by political disagreements – who wanted nothing more than to harm innocent people.
I mourn with all those who mourn. I grieve with those who grieve, but I do not grieve without hope. That’s because heroes, like our law enforcement officers, give me hope. My colleague from Texas, Representative Roger Williams, whose staff member was injured in the Alexandria ambush, expressed sentiments with which I couldn’t agree more, “The thin blue line held [this week]. Law enforcement officers should be proud, and Americans should be thankful that this is still the kind of country that still produces these kinds of heroes.”
To all those who stand on the thin blue line at every level of law enforcement – thank you. You have the gratitude and appreciation of every American. I believe that to keep America safe, we must also restore the tradition of respect and honor that is owed to all members of the law enforcement community who are on the frontlines of our homeland’s security. I stand with every brother and sister in uniform without apology – and I always will.