Alabamians honor, support law enforcement

Published 4:39 pm Wednesday, May 17, 2023

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On May 15, Congressman Barry Moore published a release confirming he voted in support of H.Res. 363, to memorialize law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Michael Guest (R-MS). 

It lists 556 officers killed in the U.S. in the line of duty during 2022 and encourages Americans to observe National Police Week, May 14-20.

Moore offered an amendment to the resolution that passed by voice in the House Judiciary Committee.

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“Twelve law enforcement officers from the great state of Alabama have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect others in the last two years, and it’s an honor to be a part of remembering them,” said Moore. “May these heroes never be forgotten, and may God bless their loved ones.”

Jim Jordan, Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee posted on social media Monday, “It’s National Police Week. We can’t thank our men and women in uniform enough.”

2022 and 2023 Fallen Officers from Alabama:

  • Port Police Officer Kimberly Sickafoose of Mobile, End of Watch May 11, 2023
  • Officer Garrett Crumby of Huntsville, End of Watch March 28, 2023
  • Investigator Steven Ray Finley of Madison County, End of Watch January 14, 2022
  • Lieutenant Kevin Pounders of Hanceville, End of Watch January 23, 2022
  • Deputy Steve Bobbitt of Dekalb County, End of Watch February 3, 2022
  • Sheriff Corporal Michael Keith Morgan of Cherokee County, End of Watch February 16, 2022
  • Police Sergeant Christopher Michael Vaughn of Cedar Bluff, End of Watch April 1, 2022
  • Officer Darryl Wayne Fortner of Vestavia Hills, End of Watch April 6, 2022
  • Sheriff Deputy J’Mar Colin Abel of Chambers County, End of Watch June 20, 2022
  • Sheriff Deputy Bradley Steven Henry Johnson of Bibb County, End of Watch June 30, 2022
  • Officer Ivan Mauricio Lopez of Mount Vernon, End of Watch August 22, 2022
  • K-9 Beni of the Heflin Police Department, End of Watch January 5, 2022

Many local agencies across the country will partner this to honor law enforcement officers. The Greenville Police Department, Butler County Sheriff’s Office, and Georgiana Police Departments will honor fallen officers on May 18 with a memorial service.

Since 1904, four Greenville Police officers and four Butler County Sheriff’s deputies have fallen in the line of duty.

The memorial is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.