This year has been a difficult and tragic year for the public safety community. The United States lost over 250 public safety professionals in 2016. These brave and courageous first responders included fire service professionals, law enforcement officers, EMS providers and K9s.
Every first responder knows that the next shift may be their last. When officers strap on their guns, when firefighters gear up, when medics grab treatment bags, when K9s are on duty, they are knowingly risking their personal safety and welfare for the sake of the communities they serve. That risk exists every day of their careers and extends well into retirement years.
The International Public Safety Association serves the entire public safety community. We are heartbroken over this staggering loss and extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to the departments, families and friends of the fallen.
As we look ahead to 2017, we will continue to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. We must remain strong and vigilant so that at the end of the shift everyone goes home.-IPSA Memorial Committee