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NMI observes National Peace Officers Memorial Day

THIRTY-TWO peace officers, customs officers, conservation officers and firefighters who fell  in the line of duty were honored on National Peace Officers Memorial Day, Wednesday, at the Department of Public Safety complex in Susupe.

Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres and Bishop Ryan Jimenez laid a wreath on the DPS memorial monument while family members of the fallen officers offered candles.

Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres and Bishop Ryan Jimenez approach the DPS memorial monument to lay a wreath on Wednesday afternoon.  Photo by Bryan ManabatGov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres and Bishop Ryan Jimenez approach the DPS memorial monument to lay a wreath on Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Bryan Manabat

The fallen officers are:

PO Joaquin T. Mettao, PO Erlinse C. Santos, CO Kenneth Kapileo, CO Antonio Calvo, CO Maximo C. Cabrera, CO Edwin Castro, CO Gerald S. Sablan, CO Crispin Lisua, ABTC Officer Manuel Santos, Capt. Tommy Alexander, PO Wilgene T. Lieto, PO Joe Charfauros Jr., Sergeant Julian A. Manglona, CO Antonio C. Torres, Resident Director John T. Barcinas, Capt. Alexandro C. Aldan, CO Patricia Reyes, PO Hilary Tagabuel, conservation officer Jesus Omar, PO  Dwayne Stephen, Firefighter Raymond Villagomez, PO Edward M. Ayuyu, CO Ricardo D.L.C. Camacho, PO Jesse K. Seman, Investigative Analyst Allan B. Dela Cruz, Lt. Frances F. Rabuenog, Capt. Raymond K. Omar, Capt. Justino T. Arriola, PO Abraham S. Quitugua, PO Gilbert M. Taisacan, and Firefighter Ernie T. Dela Cruz.

DPS Commissioner Robert Guerrero, in his remarks, told the officers present at the ceremony: “You and those who have gone before you have volunteered to follow a higher standard of conduct, a higher degree of integrity and honesty.”

He added, “You volunteered to subject yourselves to scrutiny and questions, too often politicized, from just about everyone out there. They do not have knowledge, experience, or understanding of what we do every day. They never have had to make the kind of split-second decisions that may mean life or death. These officers who have made the supreme sacrifice have demonstrated their devotion to the fundamental values of decency so essential to the well-being of American life. Those men and women who have carried the cause of justice to their grave deserve not only our respect but our heartfelt gratitude and affection.”

Governor Torres thanked the law enforcement officers for their commitment, service and sacrifices.

A DPS unit sang the national and CNMI anthems while another DPS unit fired a 21-gun salute. Dr. Edgar Tudor, a veteran, played Taps. A candle-light vigil followed the ceremony.