Editorial: A reminder to thank those who protect us
On May 4, the names of Nassau Officers Joseph Olivieri and Arthur Lopez were added to a memorial in Hicksville, and then on Wednesday to a state marker in Albany. Olivieri was hit by an SUV on Oct. 18 while responding to a Long Island Expressway accident. Five days later, Lopez was shot by an ex-convict near the Nassau-Queens border. The name of a third Nassau officer, Charles D. Cole Jr., was also added to the Albany wall after he died in 2011 of a cancer attributed to working at Ground Zero.
The tributes go on. This week their names will be engraved into the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington.
The pain and gratitude these memorials inspire should remind us -- and not just one month a year -- to remember and thank those who protect us.