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Madam Speaker, not a day goes by that law enforcement officers do not face danger in the mission to keep us safe from crime, acts of violence, and even terrorism.

As founder and a co-chairman of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus, I know unfortunately peace officers are also often victims of criminal conduct. After all, they are the last strand of wire in the fence between the law and the lawless.

Over my years as a prosecutor and a judge, I have known several police officers who gave their lives for the rest of us. Today, we are grateful for the families and to the officers of California who selflessly gave their lives while protecting the rest of us: Sergeant Dunakin, Sergeant Romans, Sergeant Daniel Sakai, and Officer John Hege.

Madam Speaker, on May 15, on the West side of the Capitol grounds, we honor all peace officers that have been killed in the line of duty in the United States. There will be thousands of peace officers from all over the United States, and the families of the slain will be not far from where we are today to honor those. This year we will honor four more from Oakland, California.

I would like to thank my colleague, the gentlewoman from California (Ms. Lee) for introducing this resolution and the chairman for expediting this legislation to the House.

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