(NASHVILLE, TN), May 10, 2011 — The State Senate stood in a moment of silence on Thursday for the late Wartburg Police Captain, Ralph Braden, who was killed in the line of duty. The Senate observed the passing of Captain Braden and stood in a moment of prayer for his family at the request of local State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman).
“Everyday across America, brave men and brave women put on their uniforms and report for duty with the knowledge that some day they may have to pay the ultimate price for the job that they do,” said Senator Yager. “There is so little we can do in a situation like this except for prayer for Captain Braden’s family, colleagues and friends. We must also make sure our laws are in place so those who pose a danger to the public remain behind bars and that justice is served.”
Captain Braden was injured while responding to a domestic dispute at Sunnyside Estate Apartments in Wartburg. The suspect fled and was arrested later. Captain Braden died as a result of his injuries after being taken off life support last Monday.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.
“This Police Memorial Day signifies a very solemn day for Morgan County which has lost one of our best,” added Yager. “Our policemen, like Captain Braden, who knew time could make a difference in life and death situations, are committed to answering those challenges with courage and decisiveness. May this day serve as a reminder of their, and their families,’ sacrifices.”