MEIGS COUNTY — Each year since 1962, May 15 has been recognized as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, as a day set aside to remember the fallen officers. In addition, the week which includes May 15 is established as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. It is also a time to recognize current law enforcement officers.
In Meigs County, signs of support for law enforcement could be seen in several forms throughout the week due to the efforts of a local resident.
From May 14 through May 20, a dozen signs with words and phrases in support of local law enforcement were on display at businesses and public buildings in the Middleport and Pomeroy areas.
The signs, were not the only message of support for the local law enforcement.
Rutland resident Alexis Schwab, who works as a victim advocate at the Meigs County Prosecutor’s Office as well as being a full-time college student, spent time making the signs, as well as gifts for all of the officers in the county. While Schawb works at the prosecutor’s office, this project was something that she did outside of work and was not connected with the office.
For Schwab, the support of law enforcement is something that has a family connection, as well as a role in her future. She explained that her grandfather was an officer in the Washington D.C. area, and that she plans to attend the police academy in the future.
As for National Police Week, Schwab said she has taken photos to document what she has worked on this year, and plans to expand it next year.
Individual bags presented to each officer with the five police departments in the county and the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office included a “Law Enforcement Officer Survival Kit”, letters of support which were written by students in two classes at Southern Local, as well as other items.
The “Survival Kit for Law Enforcement Officers” included, Lifesavers — To remind you of the many times you have been one; Smarties — To give you wisdom for those split second decisions; Gum — To remind everyone to stick together; Tootsie Roll — To help you roll with the punches; Mounds — For the mounds of courage you show; Laffy Taffy — To remind you that laughter is a great stress reliever; Hershey Kisses — Because you deserve them from all; Starburst — For the burst of energy you’ll need; Payday — And you’re not doing it for the money.
Additionally, cards were made with the saying,
Imagine…Leaving your family and going to work every day knowing that people hate you simply for doing your job — knowing that people will hurt you, even try to kill you, simply because you wear a badge. Thank a law enforcement officer and wear this ribbon to show your support.
Each of the cards had a black ribbon with a thin blue line on it attached, which the recipient could wear in support of law enforcement.
“National Police Week (May 14th-May 20th) and is to remember the fallen and honor the ones who serve. Everyday these amazing people put their life on the line each time they clock in,” said Schwab. “They serve and protect our communities and never ask for anything in return. Cops work for a cause not applause! If you see a cop, thank them for all they do for our communities whether it is Police Week or not.”