City commission proclaimed May 15th as Police Memorial Day. During the presentation, Chief Velasquez recognized Officer Alfredo Carlos's 25 years of service and rewarded him with an appreciation plaque.
WHEREAS, The Congress and President of the United States have designated May 15, 2023 as Police Memorial Day and the week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week; and
WHEREAS, the dedicated men and women who have chosen law enforcement as a career in the City of Lake Wales play an essential role in preserving the rights, safety, security, and freedom of the citizens of Lake Wales, Florida; and
WHEREAS, it is important that all citizens know and understand the duties, responsibilities, hazards, and sacrifices of their law enforcement agency, and that members of our law enforcement agency recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property, protecting them against violence and disorder, protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression; and
WHEREAS, each year we observe May 15th as Police Memorial Day to honor those law enforcement officers who, through their courageous deeds, have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community or have become disabled in the performance of duty and who have given their lives in the pursuit of justice while protecting their fellow citizens; and
WHEREAS, those officers who have dedicated their lives to the service of humanity through law enforcement and the officers who have given their lives in this noble cause should be recognized and remembered for their accomplishments; and
WHEREAS, the men and women of the of the City of Lake Wales Police Department constantly provide a vital public service; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the City Commission, along with all citizens of Lake Wales, observe May 15, 2023, as Police Memorial Day and May 15 through May 21, 2013, as Police Memorial Week in Lake Wales in honor of the brave and valiant service rendered by the many law enforcement officers throughout this City.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Jack Hilligoss, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of Lake Wales, in the State of Florida, do hereby proclaim May 15, 2023, as Police Memorial Day and May 15 through May 21, 2023, as Police Memorial Week in Lake Wales.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Official Seal of the City of Lake Wales, Florida to be affixed this 16th day of May 2023.