Last week was National Police Week, and thousands of law enforcement officers, including police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel were among the many who came to Washington DC in honor of the events. Among the events of the week was the LGBT Fallen Heroes Memorial Service, which paid specific tribute to the fallen LGBT heroes in heroes in law enforcement.
The memorial service, which was held on May 13th at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, was organized to “recognize the families and loved ones of LGBT police officers, firefighters, paramedics and EMTs, and members of the armed services who have died,” according to Lt. Brett Parson of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.
Parson continued to stress the significance of the memorial, “This service serves to treat their significant others as true family, as many times we know they have been excluded from the official events.” The group that started the memorial service, LGBT Fallen Heroes Fund, was founded by Det. Scott Gunn and his husband Nicholas Batz.