GPD honors fallen peace officers for Guam Police WeekWritten by Donna De Jesus
Guam - During a proclamation signing last week, Acting Gov. Ray Tenorio proclaimed May 15th through the 19th as Guam Police Week. At a wreath laying ceremony yesterday morning, Police Chief J.I. Cruz gave a speech, honoring the 17 peace officers who lost their lives while on duty.
"As law enforcement officers of today continue in the service and the protection of our island community, the legacy of these 17 fallen officers will never falter nor will it be forgotten. Their legacy will continue to serve as a constant reminder of the core values of the guam police dept that we have captured in the acronym, P.R.I.D.E. It stands for Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, and Excellence," Chief Cruz said.
Also in attendance at what had been named Guam Peace Officer’s Memorial Day was Acting Governor Ray Tenorio, who served as a Guam Police officer in the 80s and 90s. He described the fallen officers as unsung heroes, who would keep Guam safe, even in the wee hours of the morning, saying "These are the men who went out there every single day to be able to make a difference. They went out there pledging, no matter what the shape of their badge, to protect the community and our nation from enemies foreign and domestic. I’m proud of the team that we’ve been able to create in the public safety agencies across our island."
The ceremony was held Monday morning at the Hagåtña Precinct.