WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced he is co-sponsoring a bipartisan resolution to designate May 10 to May 16, 2015, as "National Police Week" and proclaim May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day.
The resolution honors 127 law enforcement officials across the nation who were recently killed in the line of duty, including Sergeant Jeffrey Wayne Greene of the Union County, NC, Sherriff’s Office, and Police Officer Alexander E. Thalmann of the New Bern, NC, Police Department.
Sergeant Greene was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps and served with the Union County Sherriff’s office for 10 years. Greene, age 54, was killed after a tractor-trailer overturned onto his cruiser.
Officer Thalmann was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and had only served with the New Bern Police Department for seven months. Thalmann, age 22, succumbed to a gunshot wound he sustained following a shootout with a suspect.
"The service of North Carolina’s own Sergeant Greene and Officer Thalmann demonstrate the fact that America’s law enforcement officers are dedicated public servants who put their lives on the line to prevent crime and keep our streets safe," said Senator Tillis. "I am pleased to support the designation of National Police Week to honor our local law enforcement officers and recognize the dangers they face and the sacrifices they make to protect our local communities."