For Immediate Release, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Contacts: Robert Steurer, Stephanie Penn
Press release link: https://sen.gov/KV80
National Police Week
‘Our hearts will still be united in remembering these heroes as their names are added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial. I am thinking especially of two of my fellow Kentuckians who will be among those memorialized.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor in tribute of National Police Week:
“Normally, during National Police Week, thousands of officers from across the country come here to our nation’s capital to honor their comrades who have fallen in the line of duty.
“Obviously, the coronavirus has changed the logistics around these kinds of gatherings. But it has not made it any less important that we honor these brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their neighbors.
“Tonight’s candlelight vigil for fallen officers will go on -- as a virtual event. Our hearts will still be united in remembering these heroes as their names are added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial.
“I am thinking especially of two of my fellow Kentuckians who will be among those memorialized.
“Meade County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Hulsey answered the call of public service with a distinguished career that also included time as a firefighter and a paramedic. He was attacked while investigating a suspect and was pronounced dead hours later. (Here is the Senate floor tribute from September: https://sen.gov/KV30 Video: https://sen.gov/L74L )
“Chief Deputy Bobby Wayne Jacobs of the Knott County Sheriff’s Office suffered a fatal heart attack following a tense call for service. Bobby’s colleagues remember the lasting positive impact he made on so many.
“Both of these deputies left behind children, loving friends, and a Commonwealth made safer by their service.
“We also cannot let this year’s National Police Week pass us by without reaffirming our gratitude for our very own U.S. Capitol Police.
“These men and women protect this institution with the greatest professionalism, no matter the challenge.
“To all peace officers -- in Kentucky, here in the Capitol, and all across the country, your country thanks you.”