This is a great week to thank those who work in law enforcement, regardless of the pandemic we’re all trying to fight off.

National Police Week began Sunday, runs through Saturday and honors and recognizes the brave men and women in law enforcement who protect our families and keep our communities safe. It’s a time to thank those who continue to serve our community, and remember and honor those who pay the ultimate sacrifice — on average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 54 hours.

Annually, the celebration is centralized in Washington, D.C., with public gatherings at the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum. The COVID-19 crisis has canceled that, the crisis will not deter police nationwide from honoring the 307 fallen heroes whose names were newly engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this year. On Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern, police of the country will march forward in solidarity with a virtual Candlelight Vigil and the reading of the names that can be watched from anywhere in the world.

Positively Osceola gives the utmost thanks and gratitude for all those who work locally in law enforcement for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Kissimmee Police Department, St. Cloud Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation.