Kunsan’s defenders honor the fallen during National Police Week

by Senior Airman Colby L. Hardin, 8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Stripes Korea

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- The 8th Security Forces Squadron held a number of events in honor of the U.S. nationally recognized Police Week 13 – 19 May.

Police week first began in 1962, established by President John F. Kennedy to pay tribute to the law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

“This gives us all who are currently serving a chance to remember those before us,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Sayre, 8th SFS dog handler. “It’s also a fun way to for us to get a lot of people from our unit together to show the rest of the base what we do here.”

The 8th SFS held multiple events during the week including, a military working dog demonstration, a donut run, a combat arms training and maintenance demonstration and finished off the week with a softball game over the weekend.

The defenders of Kunsan also held a Memorial Retreat ceremony, reciting the names of fallen law enforcement officers as retreat played throughout the base.

“I think that the week as a whole was a success,” said Master Sgt. Sean Fetke, 8th SFS non-commissioned officer in-charge of operations. “Each calendar year we lose an average of 150 law enforcement officers in the U.S. What we did here was not only raise awareness of the fallen officers, but we also raised funds for their families that are left behind.”

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