(1st LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT) — Sen. Jeff Van Drew and Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak on Tuesday called on elected officials from throughout New Jersey to voice their support for police officers following the deaths of two New York City police officers on Saturday.
The lawmakers said the horrific murders of police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos showed the dangers officers face daily protecting public safety.
“I know first-hand what it’s like to face dangers every day,” said Andrzejczak, who served in Iraq with the Army until his discharge as a sergeant after being injured in 2010, service for which he was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. “I respect the sacrifice police officers make every day, and I understand the pressures it puts on themselves and their families. It’s work that deserves our respect and admiration. This is a time for mourning and showing our law enforcement officials that we will never forget their bravery. I ask everyone to keep these officers and their families in their prayers and show appreciation for their service.”
“We must never forget that police officers put their lives on the line each and every day,” Van Drew said. “They and their families know that each day poses new dangers and risks, yet they go to work selflessly protecting our safety. It’s important that all elected officials across New Jersey make clear that they support the courage and bravery of our law enforcement officers and appreciate the work they do for us. Our constituents need to know that we’re standing for what’s right.”