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This year, 137 American police officers lost their lives. A member of the emergency communications center in the Boone County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana suggested to the sheriff a special project to honor all of them. As a result, they set up a Christmas tree with 137 blue ornaments, each with the name, rank and end of watch date of one of the officers who died. Included in that group was Deputy Jacob Pickett from Boone County.
Officers from Boone County spent a weekend writing the names of those officers on the bulbs. Joni Scott, Chaplain of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, commented:
That’s a life. That’s a life that matters. That’s a chair that’s empty. That’s a car that’s not being driven. That is an incredible hero that’s no longer walking our streets, so it meant something.
The ornaments will be sent to the departments where each officer worked.
In a time when sheriffs’ deputies and police officers are often maligned and threatened, I commend Boone County for taking the step to honor all of those officers who put their lives on the line every day.
Blessings on those who died, whose families were left behind, and on the officers who served with them, and continue to serve.