Honoring the Individuals Who Protect and Serve

May 17, 2017

WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) issued the following statement marking National Police Week. Chairman Harper said:

“I would like to take a moment to thank all the men and women who make up the United States Capitol Police force. These brave individuals put their lives on the line each and every day to protect our campus. Each one answered the call to join the ranks of our law enforcement agency that is charged with the mission to protect the Congress, the foundation of our nation’s democracy. I would like to commend the Capitol Police force’s dedication to their mission of keeping Members, employees, visitors, and facilities safe, secure, and accessible so Congress can fulfill its constitutional and legislative responsibilities for the people. The responsibility the Capitol Police undertakes is no small task.  

“During Police Week, and throughout every day that passes, we take a moment to honor those who died in the line of duty. At the U.S. Capitol, we remember the four Capitol Police law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice: Sergeant Christopher S. Eney, Officer Jacob J. Chestnut, Detective John M. Gibson, and Sergeant Clinton J. Holtz. We also honor the memory of those who served in our police forces across our nation, including James Lee Tartt, a dedicated officer from my home state of Mississippi. We grieve with the families and friends of those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving to protect our nation. They will not be forgotten.”