By Bryan Boggiano
The city commission issued a proclamation at their May 4 meeting, declaring the week of May 15 through May 21 as National Police Week.
The national week of recognition honors past and present law enforcement officers who work hard to keep their communities safe.
The week also pays tribute to fallen police officers.
May 15 is Peace Officers Memorial Day, dedicated to police officers who, through their service, sacrificed their lives or became disabled.
Even though the commission recognizes National Police Week annually for Chief Clyde Parry, this year’s recognition carries more personal meaning to him.
During his remarks at the commission meeting, Parry spoke about Sgt. Patrick “Pat” Madison, a 15-year member of the police department who, died of complications from COVID-19 in August 2021.
In April, Parry attended the 40th Annual Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial in Tallahassee, where the Fraternal Order of Police added Sgt. Madison’s name to their memorial wall of fallen police officers.
In his May message, Parry said that Madison is the first Coral Springs Police officer whose name is on the memorial wall.
Between May 13 and May 16, Parry and other Coral Springs Police officers will go to Washington, D.C., where Sgt. Madison’s name will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
In his remarks, Parry also said that he was honored that the city commission recognizes National Police Week annually.
He said that the support for him and his staff means a lot to him.
“It’s extra special to us this time,” Parry said. “It doesn’t mean anything if you don’t have the support of your fellow coworkers or directors here, our city manager, this commission…and the citizens of Coral Springs.”
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