In an annual ceremony sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police, President Bush yesterday honored 147 police officers killed on duty in 2006, reports the Associated Press. Bush paid tribute to the fallen federal, state, and local law enforcement officers on Peace Officers Memorial Day, held each May 15. Among the slain officers was a 30-year-old father of four who died while escorting Bush’s motorcade in Hawaii last November.
“It takes a special kind of person to serve in law enforcement,” Bush said. “Most people run from danger; law enforcement runs toward it. You’ve chosen one of the toughest jobs in the world.” Bush spoke for eight minutes. Then he came off the stage and talked to people in the crowd for 2 1/2 hours, methodically making his way along the metal barricades. He often works such a “rope line” as he ends events, but this was one of the longest of his presidency.