Governor Walker Signs Real ID Act Into Legislation In Fairbanks

Published: May. 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM AKDT
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Uniformed officers and Fairbanks residents gathered this morning at the Fairbanks Police Department for the annual Police Memorial Ceremony.

The names of Alaska law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty were read at the ceremony.

Friends and family stood silent as officials from the Fairbanks Police, Alaska State troopers, Firefighters, and emergency services took turns reading names.

Peace officer Memorial Day was started by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, to honor peace officers who have lost their lives, or have become disabled, in the line of duty.

"In the US, there is a lot of anti-police rhetoric, and a lot of violence called toward the police, in recent months or a couple of years. Some folks think that Alaska is pretty sheltered from that, but what I've discovered is that it's made it's way up here and it's very disturbing, and proof of that is what happened to Sergeant Brandt last October. I think that as citizens of this community we can learn to respect Law Enforcement, I think we should teach our children to respect Law Enforcement, model it, and you know what? A simple thank means the world."