Trump hon­ors fallen of­fi­cers

Cer­e­mony held in trib­ute to those killed in ac­tion

Albuquerque Journal - - WASHINGTON & NATION - AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump paid emo­tional trib­ute Tues­day to fallen law en­force­ment of­fi­cers and the loved ones who carry on with­out them, say­ing those who wore the uni­form “were among the bravest Amer­i­cans to ever live.”

“They made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice so that we could live in safety and in peace,” Trump said.

Trump made a rare show­ing of pub­lic em­pa­thy as he shared the sto­ries of some of the fam­i­lies gath­ered in the crowd.

Near the end of his speech, he in­vited on­stage the el­derly mother and other loved ones of a slain po­lice of­fi­cer from his na­tive New York City. Of­fi­cer Mioso­tis Fa­milia, a mother of three, was killed in July 2017 af­ter be­ing shot in the head by a man who fired into a parked po­lice ve­hi­cle in the Bronx. The gun­man was later fa­tally shot by po­lice.

Trump joked that he had promised not to re­veal the age of Fa­milia’s mother, Adri­anna Valoy, but that she climbed the stairs bet­ter than he did. Trump turns 72 next month.

Af­ter invit­ing Fa­milia’s po­lice part­ner to say a few words, Trump told her chil­dren how proud their mother was of them.

“She’s so proud of you. And you are great,” Trump said.

MANUEL BALCE CENETA/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump greets Adri­anna Valoy, the mother of de­tec­tive Mioso­tis Fa­milia, who was killed in the line of duty, dur­ing the Na­tional Peace Of­fi­cers’ Me­mo­rial Ser­vice in Wash­ing­ton, Tues­day.

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