It has been called “the ultimate sacrifice” to die in the line of duty. But no pretty words or special designations dispel the heartache felt by those who knew and loved the men and women who have perished while trying to keep the citizens of their community safe while working as a law enforcement officer. What has shown to offer some consolation, however, is the annual memoriam where the lives lost in the line of duty are remembered and applauded.
This year, National Police Week is celebrated May 13-19. The Beaumont Police Department hosts the Southeast Texas Police Memorial Ceremony the week before, so the families of fallen officers and the Honor Guard can attend the memorial in Washington. As is tradition, the 2012 Southeast Texas Police Memorial Ceremony was held Wednesday, May 9, in front of the BPD downtown station. Family members of fallen officers, current and past law enforcement, and community members with appreciation for the dedication of local first responders attended the event, as did civic leaders and elected officials.
Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames, who was a guest at the ceremony, spoke with the families of fallen Beaumont Officers Lisa Beaulieu and Bryan Hebert after the unveiling of a woman officer statue and the unveiling of Hebert’s badge, joining 16 others already in place.
Beaumont Police Chief Jimmy Singletary said the ceremony made him think of the officers who are still out in the field every day “fighting the good fight,” and of those who have been lost in the line of duty and “made the ultimate sacrifice by these officers and their families.”