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Virginia Sheriffs’ Association
The Voice of Virginia’s Sheriffs & Deputies

John Jones, Executive Director, Virginia Sheriffs’ Association

I was recently honored to be appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, representing the nation’s sheriffs. I wanted to share this powerful message and clip from a recent visitor to the memorial who happened to visit the memorial at the very time our engravers were there.

The Memorial added the 394 names of the men and women who were lost last year.  These men and women join the nearly 22,000 names already memorialized on the wall.

Good evening. I want to first thank you for all that you do for our fallen in law enforcement. I want to share an experience I had this past Saturday, April 24th.

My friends and I visited DC for the first time and went to see the memorial site. We wanted to view the names of local fallen officers from our respective departments. We lost a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper last year in February. His name was Trooper Joseph Bullock.

When we arrived we came across Jim and Kirk, the two gentlemen who engrave the names on the memorial walls. To our shock they were getting ready to engrave Joe’s name on the wall.

They allowed us to live stream and record the moment for friends and family.

Dozens of Joe’s friends, co-workers, and family got to watch the engraving live and my friend Jenni Ingram created this video of the engraving. I wanted to share it with you to show you the impact you have on families and the thanks we give for the memorial to remember the fallen.