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National Police Week, a week to remember fallen heroes

Col. Johan Deutscher, 141st Air Refueling Wing commander, renders a salute to the colors presented by members of the Fairchild Air Force Base Honor Guard and a law enforcement officer during a National Police Week Memorial Retreat Ceremony at Fairchild AFB, Washington, May 16, 2018. A retreat ceremony was held in remembrance of fallen law enforcement members with the U.S. flag being retired.

Col. Johan Deutscher, 141st Air Refueling Wing commander, renders a salute to the colors presented by members of the Fairchild Air Force Base Honor Guard and a law enforcement officer during a National Police Week Memorial Retreat Ceremony at Fairchild AFB, Washington, May 16, 2018. A retreat ceremony was held in remembrance of fallen law enforcement members with the U.S. flag being retired. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño)

A member of the Fairchild Air Force Base Honor Guard and a law enforcement official lower the flag during a National Police Week Memorial Retreat Ceremony at Fairchild AFB, Washington, May 16, 2018. National Police Week pays recognition to law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

A member of the Fairchild Air Force Base Honor Guard and a law enforcement official lower the flag during a National Police Week Memorial Retreat Ceremony at Fairchild AFB, Washington, May 16, 2018. National Police Week pays recognition to law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño)

Henry Rolon, Spokane Police Department Sector Chief patrol agent, speaks about the importance of Police Week during a National Police Week Memorial Retreat Ceremony at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, May 16, 2018.  The retreat is a ceremony during National Police Week to honor fallen law enforcement professionals.

Henry Rolon, Spokane Police Department Sector Chief patrol agent, speaks about the importance of Police Week during a National Police Week Memorial Retreat Ceremony at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, May 16, 2018. The retreat is a ceremony during National Police Week to honor fallen law enforcement professionals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño)

Airman 1st Class Kyle Riley, 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal apprentice, shows Michael Anderson Elementary student’s EOD tools during the National Police Week Law Enforcement Exposition at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, on May 16, 2018. The 92nd CES EOD, military working dogs and the Spokane Police Department provided children with hands-on demonstrations.

Airman 1st Class Kyle Riley, 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal apprentice, shows Michael Anderson Elementary student’s EOD tools during the National Police Week Law Enforcement Exposition at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, on May 16, 2018. The 92nd CES EOD, military working dogs and the Spokane Police Department provided children with hands-on demonstrations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Whitney Laine)

Airmen from the 22nd Training Squadron participate in the Defender Challenge during National Police Week at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, May 18, 2018. Teams raced to complete series of timed obstacles to include securing a building and 4-person push-ups.

Airmen from the 22nd Training Squadron participate in the Defender Challenge during National Police Week at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, May 18, 2018. Teams raced to complete series of timed obstacles to include securing a building and 4-person push-ups. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Whitney Laine)

Master Sgt. Jeremy Reed, 22nd Training Squadron First Sergeant, participates in the Defender Challenge at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, May 18, 2018. The challenge was part of National Police Week to honor law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Master Sgt. Jeremy Reed, 22nd Training Squadron First Sergeant, participates in the Defender Challenge at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, May 18, 2018. The challenge was part of National Police Week to honor law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Whitney Laine)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Team Fairchild honored fallen heroes by hosting various events and ceremonies during Police Week May 14-18.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world make a trip to Washington, D.C. where they participate in a number of planned events which honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“Police week is important because it gives us time to pay respect to fallen defenders,” said Staff Sgt. Matthew Mundy, 92nd Security Forces Squadron instructor. “It also allows us to let the local law enforcement agencies come on the installation and continue to build a rapport with the community.”

The 92nd SFS hosted numerous events for Team Fairchild to enjoy, including a Ruck and Run, a Memorial Retreat Ceremony and a kid-friendly Law Enforcement Exposition. Hands-on demonstrations were provided by the 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal, military working dog teams and the Spokane Police Department.

“Each event holds a different meaning,” said Staff Sgt. Kit Purdy, 92nd Security Forces police services. “For example, the first event was a 14k Fallen Defender Ruck and Run. The 14k represented each of the 14 fallen defenders since 9/11. We also had the Law Enforcement Exposition for Michael Anderson Elementary students to raise awareness for gun and drug safety.”