January 9, 2015 was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Abilene did it’s part

January 9, 2015 was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Abilene did it’s part

Abilene, Texas – On January 9th, 2015, Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. and partnering organizations in support of law enforcement officers nationwide promoted National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Locally, the United Way of Abilene and the Community Foundation of Abilene joined them to show support to law enforcement officers that serve to protect our community. The citizens of Abilene and the Big Country recognize the difficult and {{more}} sometimes impossible careers that law enforcement personnel have chosen, in public service to us all. Each day 780,000 police officers across our country put a badge on and go to work knowing they may face extremely dangerous situations. On average, between 105 and 203 officers die in the line of duty each year, 50,000 officers are assaulted in the line of duty each year, and 14,000 officers are injured in the line of duty each year . “Our law enforcement officers perform an invaluable service to our community,” said Cathy Ashby, United Way President/CEO. “The United Way and the Community Foundation of Abilene encourage everyone in our community to show their appreciation and support to the men and women of law enforcement this Friday.” The citizens of Abilene and the Big Country circled the courthouse to show their support. It was very cold but it didn’t seem to affect their enthusiasm and appreciation for the men and women that protect us. “We thank our law enforcement officers for their continued vigilance and sacrifice and for the protection they provide our families,” said Katie Alford, Community Foundation of Abilene President/CEO. Several of the restaurants provided a tasty meal for the Officers and many citizens brought desserts.