Peace Officers Memorial Day honors those fallen in line of duty

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Flags were flown at half-staff, those lost were remembered and some of those present reflected on their time in the service for Peace Officers Memorial Day last Friday, May 15, a date reserved to pay tribute to local, state and federal peace officers who have died, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty.

Sealy Police Chief Jay Reeves said that over time, those in law enforcement create relationships that are brought up each year on the day of remembrance.

“I think if you've been in this business long enough, you're going to know someone that has passed, given their life during their time,” Reeves said in a May 15 phone interview. “It’s a time to reflect on all the people that you’ve worked with who have passed.”

When asked if that celebration is was altered at all in the new coronavirus pandemic, he said he didn’t believe it had.

“We're trying to do everything we can to not only keep our officers safe but at the same time, our mission is to continue doing the job that we do every day,” Reeves said of Sealy Police Department’s responsibility during the pandemic. “There's no interruptions in service for the citizens. Regardless of the pandemic and everything that's going on, we still have to forge forward and do our job.”

Although he did say that it seems as though the last couple of months haven’t been quite as busy crime-wise, Reeves said the lack of crime has led to a lack of contact which helps mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“We're trying to limit our contact as much as we can with the public so it's helping us out that we're spending less time with the public and that gives us a better chance of not contracting this,” Reeves said of the decline in activity since the new coronavirus pandemic.

At the end of the day, Reeves said he was glad to have the community on their side but he knows the work doesn’t end there.

“We're very fortunate that the community supports us like they do,” Reeves said. “We always seem to have the community's support but we understand that we're only as good as what we did the day before, so we have to keep striving every day to make ourselves better.”

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