DeSoto, TX - The DeSoto Police Department was joined by DeSoto’s Mayor, City Councilmembers, and key City officials Wednesday Morning at DeSoto Police Headquarters, 714 E. Beltline Road, for its annual Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony honoring law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.
DeSoto Mayor Rachel Proctor reflected on the dangers that America’s peace officers face every day and how we owe a debt to them and other first responders. Said Mayor Proctor, “This is always just a humbling moment and a sober reminder of how much you all really do and how much is put on the line day in and day out. I think sometimes we as civilians when we are removed from the situation sometimes we don’t realize the impact that you all have on our lives daily when you put your lives on the line, and that’s not only for police officers, but again that’s for firefighters, and for the Veterans that we have here that serve our country.”
DeSoto’s Chief of Police Joseph Costa noted that our nation’s law enforcement officers have paid a steeper price than usual for keeping our communities safe. Said Chief Costa, “We lost more officers than ever before in history. 614 total line of duty deaths in the United States. 562 of those were males and 52 were female officers. Not only did we lose officers to accidents, assaults, and gunfire but once again for the second year we lost many others to COVID-19. Unfortunately, Texas led the nation with the most officer deaths with 106.“
The ceremony was highlighted by the somber tradition of the playing of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes, a 21-gun salute delivered by DeSoto’s Police Honor Guard, and the playing of "Taps" for the fallen peace officers.