(Concord, NH) -- U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) attended the 31st Annual New Hampshire Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Concord today to pay tribute to fallen officers. Each year, the ceremony honors courageous law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our neighborhoods and communities. At this year’s ceremony, the names of three fallen officers, Officer Frank J. Dustin, Officer Rory L. Bohanan and Corrections Officer Lawrence C. Prather, were recognized and added to the New Hampshire Roll of Honor.
“I was honored to attend the 31st Annual New Hampshire Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony in Concord to pay tribute to Granite State law enforcement officers and to recognize our fallen heroes,” said Senator Shaheen. "As we conclude National Police Week, I encourage residents throughout New Hampshire to find ways to show their appreciation for the unwavering dedication and selflessness of our law enforcement community. I’m tremendously grateful for their service to keep families safe and I will always work in the Senate to secure the essential resources they need.”
“It was an honor to attend the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers’ memorial service this morning and pay tribute to members of law enforcement who lost their lives working to keep Granite Staters safe,” said Senator Hassan. “My thoughts are with those who have lost a loved one in the line of duty, especially the family members of the three officers who were added to the memorial this year.”
“Our law enforcement officers put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect us — their courage and selflessness represent the best New Hampshire has to offer. Today, we honor the service and sacrifice of Officer Frank J. Dustin, Officer Rory L. Bohanan, and Corrections Officer Lawrence C. Prather who died in the line of duty. They will never be forgotten,” said Congresswoman Kuster.
“It was an honor to join members of New Hampshire law enforcement at the Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial this morning,” said Congressman Pappas. “It is a solemn occasion on which we recognize the bravery of our law enforcement officers and pay tribute to those tragically lost in the line of duty. I’m grateful every day for those who put on the uniform to serve and protect, and for the family members and loved ones who serve alongside them.”
Through her role on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), Senator Shaheen regularly secures funding for projects that support New Hampshire’s law enforcement agencies and improve police-community relations. In the fiscal year 2023 government funding law, Senator Shaheen successfully secured $771 million for the Byrne-Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) program, which helps law enforcement agencies in New Hampshire and across the country, strengthens the criminal justice system and bolsters services for victims of crime. In addition, Shaheen helped allocate $324 million for Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring, an increase of $78 million from the FY 2022 level. This program supports state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies’ ability to hire, preserve and/or rehire law enforcement officers and increases community policing efforts, and will place over 1,800 more police officers on the streets of our communities.