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Everyday heroes

Alaska’s everyday heroes.

That’s how Gov. Mike Dunleavy described law enforcement within Alaska this week as he proclaimed Wednesday as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

“… I encourage all Alaskans to thank and appreciate the brave men and women that give their all to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our families and communities,” Gov. Dunleavy said. “Alaskans stand by our everyday heroes …”

Then he listed the community police departments, the Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Alaska State Parks rangers, Village Public Safety Officers and Alaska Department of Corrections officers.

These are the officers who give their best for the benefit of all in Alaska.

In his proclamation, the governor pointed out that safety of Alaskans is the state’s highest priority.

He commends the officers whose duty it is to confront dangerous situations, defuse them, all the while showing empathy and compassion to the parties involved.

He pointed out that Alaska’s law enforcement officials often deal with trials beyond the job itself by working in some of the most challenging environments.

And they sacrifice personally to be able to be officers and serve Alaskans.

Their’s isn’t a thankless job, however. Alaskans truly do appreciate the officers who protect the peace in the Last Frontier.