Law enforcement leaders tell Tri-Cities "Thank you" from nation's capital
WASHINGTON D.C. — Peace officers from around the world, including the Tri-Cities, are in our nation's capital this week.
They're remembering the 135 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty last year.
It's part of National Police Week.
Richland Police Captain Mike Cobb spoke with Action News between events because he said he wants the folks at home to know how grateful the group is to their neighbors in the Tri-Cities, whose support he said makes the dangers they face worth it.
The week includes memorial services for the men and women who've made the ultimate sacrifice, an honor guard, and a vigil with more than 25,000 candles on the National Mall.
Cobb said this is his fifth visit to the emotional gathering, an event so meaningful he said the English language doesn't have words to describe it.
“People say, ‘Oh, it’s just a job’," he said. "No, you’re called to do this, and it’s all about service. It’s all about defending people you’ve never met. But you wouldn’t do anything else. Sometimes this is what you sacrifice your life for.”
Cobb said this year organizers introduced a moving service for K9 officers killed protecting their partners.