National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and reflecting pool in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Long Blue Line: Police Week–Coast Guard law enforcers lost in the line of duty

In October 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor federal, state and municipal officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. The act also designates the calendar week during which May 15 occurs as “Police Week” in recognition of the service given by the men and women who serve in law enforcement. During this week, the law enforcement community lays a wreath at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial where 23 Coast Guard names are inscribed on the memorial. We honor those who have served and sacrificed including the 23 Coast Guardsmen who gave the final measure.

An untold story

An untold story: Chief Petty Officer Karl Gustafson

It was April 2, 1925, and Chief Petty Officer Karl Gustafson was patrolling the waters of Block Island Sound for illicit cargo; he was in search of rum runners. Suddenly, a shadow appeared in the distance and a pursuit began. […]