This week in Washington D.C., members of law enforcement are gathering to honor their fallen comrades at several events scheduled as part of National Police Week. One of the fallen officers being honored is Navajo Police Sgt. Darrell Curley, who was shot and killed on June 26, 2011 according to a Navajo Nation press release.
Curley’s life was cut short when he responded to a domestic dispute between two brothers in Kaibito, Arizona, and was remembered by fellow Navajo officers and his family at the ceremonies.
The week of remembrance was filled with a candle light vigil at the National Law Enforcement Memorial, an honoring ceremony at the Department of the Interior, and the National Peace Day Memorial Service on Capitol Hill where President Barack Obama addressed surviving families and law enforcement officers throughout the country according to the release.
“Our country’s law enforcement officers use force when they have to. They are well armed and they are well trained. But they never forget that theirs is a mission of peace. Their job is to keep the peace, to allow all of us to enjoy peace in our neighborhoods and for our families. And today, with heavy hearts, we honor those who gave their lives in the service of that mission. Their families are in our thoughts and prayers, as we remember the quiet courage of the men and women we have lost,” President Obama shared with those in attendance.
Sgt. Curley’s name will be etched alongside seven fellow Navajo law enforcement officers on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial who have been killed in the line of duty since 1979 according to the release.
Those in attendance to remember Sgt. Curley were his wife Pauline Curley, children Arielle Curley, Bronté Curley, and Derrick Curley. Sgt. Curley’s parents Ned and Gloria Curley were also in attendance. Navajo Public Safety officers who served with Sgt. Curley in the Tuba City district were also present.
Navajo Police Lieutenant Dempsey Harvey, representing the Chile District, accompanied the family. Harvey said Sgt. Curley made the ultimate sacrifice in his 26-years with the Navajo Public Safety.
In 1962 President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week of May 15 as National Police Week.