I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate Rachel Lassman for her comments in the San Mateo Daily Journal’s April 5 guest view. Each takes a sacred oath of allegiance to support and defend our country and our state constitutions, understanding that they could make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the lives of our citizens.
Locally, we are fortunate to have professional law enforcement personnel and two outstanding non-profit organizations that support and honor our law enforcement officers for their outstanding acts of bravery, heroism and of service to those they serve.
The Peninsula Council of Lions Clubs recognizes the outstanding bravery, heroism and service of San Mateo County law enforcement officers (and firefighters) at their annual Police Awards Dinner and firefighters. Everyone who attends these dinners marvels at the stories told of the personal sacrifices police and firefighters have made to qualify for their awards.
Additionally, the One Hundred Club of San Mateo County provides immediate financial assistance to the families of law enforcement officers who are killed in the line of duty in San Mateo County, while ensuring that that each child of the slain officer receive funds to ensure a college education. This organization also helps provide professional assistance to provide training that helps protect both the officer and the citizen.
Thank you, Rachael, for your patience, your kind words of encouragement, and your actions in favor of our law in favor of the honor of our police officers.
The author of the letter is the former Chief of Police of Burlingame.