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Edmond police recognized as part of National Police Week

Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty, left, and Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks attend a prayer breakfast held as part of National Police Week in Edmond. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty, left, and Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks attend a prayer breakfast held as part of National Police Week in Edmond. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]

EDMOND — Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks held a prayer breakfast as part of National Police Week, a time to recognize officers for what they do and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

This is the sixth year Edmond's Community Oriented Policing Leadership Council has hosted the breakfast. Eighty people attended Tuesday's event.

The Edmond Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association provided the food, and Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty, Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Chief Ricky Adams and Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater joined Ricks for the breakfast.

"It's been a good morning because all of you have taken the time to be here and taken the time to think about our country, think about our country's history and think about our law enforcement and how they fit into that process," Ricks said.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.

Each year, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C., to participate in events to honor those who have died in the line of duty.

"Every year, I say it has been a good year when we do not lose one of our officers," Ricks said. "We have been blessed in Edmond, we have not lost an Edmond police officer. I hope that is a tradition that continues forever.

"I know myself that every day they face threats, and it is sometimes by a slim line that they have been able persevere in very troubling times."

District 60 state Rep. Dan Fisher, R-Yukon, who travels across the nation speaking about the "Black Robe Regiment," spoke to the officers and the residents who support law enforcement.

Fisher, pastor of Liberty Church in Yukon, makes presentations in costume about the role ministers have played in American independence. He was not in costume for the prayer breakfast but used his historic musket as a prop for his talk.

American pastors, he said, "were the primary force in the fight for liberty" during the Revolutionary War.

Fisher said the British so hated the pastors that they gave them the title of the “Black Robed Regiment.” 

"Thank you so much for what you do," Fisher told the officers. "If we didn't have you, we wouldn't have a civil society. You not only sacrifice on the edge, but when you started you knew you weren't going to get rich.

"So you serve out of the heart and commitment. I want you to know how much I appreciate you as a citizen, first of all, and as a representative; I know what you are about."

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<p>Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel, left, joins law enforcement officers and Edmond residents for a prayer breakfast. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]</p>

Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel, left, joins law enforcement officers and Edmond residents for a prayer breakfast. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]

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