FAIRFIELD — Lawrence High School students and staff recently took a few minutes to recognize and thank many of the area law enforcement agencies.

Senior Hannah Walsh spoke at the event. “We are all sitting in this auditorium today as students, most likely feeling safe. We do not have to worry about the active threats of the world around us for these seven hours, and do not wonder whether we will make it home to our families at night. So often we take advantage of what we are provided. It has recently become convenient and fashionable to place blame on those around us, particularly law enforcement, when we believe they should have done better. However, when one officer makes the ultimate sacrifice, it is fully necessary to recognize him and all those that walk in his footsteps, Walsh said in a speech during the event, according to a news release from the school.”

“The jobs of law enforcement entail putting themselves in potentially dangerous situations, risking their lives for others. They provide the protection and peace of mind that allows communities to function without fear; unfortunately, this does not come without a cost. Hopefully this tragedy can serve to unify and inspire us to honor Cpl. Cole and other law enforcement officers, and to encourage cooperation to make the community a safer place. Thank you,” Walsh said in a speech during the event, according to a news release from the school.

When given an opportunity to speak, Sheriff Dale Lancaster stepped forward to express his appreciation of our recognition.

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