WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) today went to the House Floor to thank and recognize Illinois law enforcement on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. You can view his remarks by clicking below or following the link here.

Rep. LaHood’s prepared remarks:

Today, on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, I rise to recognize the brave men and women who work to keep our communities safe across central and west-central Illinois.

From Peoria to Springfield, Jacksonville to Quincy, Macomb to Beardstown, law enforcement officers in Illinois’ 18th Congressional District are the hidden heroes of our state.

Each day, Illinois police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and state troopers leave their families with no certainty they will return home safe. Yet, they are willing to face these risks to keep our families, our children, and our schools safe. I am grateful for the courageous men and women who button up the uniform each day and would like to thank them for protecting our families with bravery and pride.

While we set aside today to recognize law enforcement, may we never forget the courage and sacrifice of these men and women.