David Keene, President of the National Rifle Association, provides the following thoughts as the NRA announces their selection for the 2011 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year:
Each year we honor a law enforcement officer whose valor, professionalism and willingness to risk everything to protect the citizens and community of which he or she is a part.
This year we are proud to honor Deputy Michael Zack of the Cecil County, Maryland Sherriff’s department. Zack’s willingness to risk his own life to come to the aid of a fellow officer, though he wasn’t even on duty at the time of the incident, exemplifies the professionalism of our nation’s best law enforcement officers who view their role in American society as a sacred trust entered into when they were sworn in as protectors of their community and its citizens. His fellow Deputy may well be alive today because of Michael Zack’s heroism and for that he must be grateful. All of us should be just as grateful that there are men and women in this country like Zack willing to selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to enforce our society’s laws and provide the security essential to a free society.
Law enforcement officers like Deputy Zack deserve our support, respect, gratitude and recognition for what they do every day as well as when they are called on as he was to put it all on the line for those he has sworn to protect. I can think of no one more deserving of recognition as the NRA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year than Deputy Zack.
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