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Law Officers Carry Burden for Rest of Society, Obama Says

May 15, 2012

President Barack Obama honored the nation’s law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, saying everybody who wears the badge carries a unique burden.

“Even in the face of tragedy, I know that so many of you will return home and continue to do what you have always done,” Obama said at the 31st annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service in Washington. “You carry these burdens so the rest of us don’t have to.”

There were 173 local, state and federal law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2011, according to the National Law Enforcement officers Memorial Fund. That is a 13 percent increase over 2010. Through today, there were 40 fatalities among officers in 2012, according to the organization.

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