“IN VALOR THERE IS HOPE”
Message from Sheriff Mosier
“In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others."
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the community for the continued support of our law enforcement officers serving our community. Since taking office we have engaged the community through openness and transparency and as a result the community has responded with the presentation of letters and notes of encouragement, cards, baskets of food, picking up the tab at restaurants while our deputies were eating lunch (unbeknownst to the deputy), the list goes on...
In this time of national scrutiny of police practices we have found that open and transparent communication with those we serve has and continues to generate goodwill. We gain our legitimacy from those we serve as law enforcement officers and what we are learning that our community is ever willing to assist us in our mission to provide quality service through honor, professionalism, commitment, compassion, and accountability.
In preparation for National Police Week we note that events over the past few months continues to remind us of the substantial personal risk our law enforcement officers put themselves in each day. Since January to date there have been 35 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty across the country. In their unwavering effort to keep our communities safe, they placed themselves in harm's way to protect families and property.
During this week and next in ceremonies across the country, let us honor those who serve with distinction and remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty as we celebrate National Police Week.
We must never forget the courage of law enforcement officers and their families. We should let them know we appreciate their dedication to duty. Most importantly, we must stand alongside the men and women who stand up in service to our community.
Memorial of the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office
Deputies Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice
Sergeant Charles E. Murray, Jr.
Date of Death: July 9, 1990
On July 9, 1990, Sergeant Murray was on a routine patrol in southern Fauquier County. Sergeant Murray attempted to cross the non-gated railroad tracks near Calverton, Virginia and an oncoming train struck his vehicle. He was killed instantly.
Deputy John H. Walter
Date of Death: July 5, 1972
On July 5, 1972 Deputy Sheriff John H. Walter was a passenger in a Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle. Deputy Walter and the Deputy operating the vehicle were traveling to Richmond, Virginia on State Route 17, which was at the time a two lane highway. The Deputy operating the patrol car attempted to pass another vehicle while it was raining with poor visibility. While attempting to pass, the Deputy struck an oncoming vehicle head-on. Deputy Walter was killed instantly
A Police Officer’s Prayer
Lord, I ask for courage
Courage to face and conquer my own fears
Courage to take me where others will not go
I ask for strength
Strength of body to protect others,
And strength of spirit to lead others
I ask for dedication
Dedication to my job, to do it well,
Dedication to my community, to keep it safe
And please, Lord through it all, be by my side.
Blessed are the Peacemakers, For they shall be called
the Children of God” Matthew 5:9