Expressing Support for Recognizing ``National Police Week''

Floor Speech

Date: May 15, 2023
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. CONNOLLY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of H. Res. 363, a resolution memorializing law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Before leaving their homes, our public safety officers put on their uniforms and say goodbye to their family every day, as they knowingly put their lives on the line to serve their communities and make our country a better place.

In 1962, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy signed into law a proclamation that made May 15 of every year ``Peace Officers Memorial Day'' in honor of the Federal, State, and local officers who have been killed, disabled, or otherwise injured in the line of duty.

Mr. Speaker, it is with great sorrow that I rise to recognize the life of John Joseph Donohue, a Sergeant in the Fairfax County Police Department who gave his life to serving his community.

Sergeant Donohue served the people of Virginia's 11th District for 18 and a half years, assigned to the Fair Oaks District, answering the call time and time again from constituents in need.

Before his long service to Fairfax County, Sergeant Donohue previously served as an auxiliary police officer with the Dumon Police Department in New Jersey.

I join the entirety of Virginia's 11th District in sending our deepest condolences to his wife, family, and fellow officers at the Fair Oaks District Station and with Fairfax County Police Department.