One of the gravest responsibilities of our nation’s presidents has been to reach out to the families of those who have fallen in duty to our country.
President-elect Donald Trump appears to be taking that responsibility seriously.
The New York Post reported Trump called the widow of slain NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo Thursday morning to offer his condolences.
“I’m very sorry I cannot be there with you today. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time,” Trump said according to a Post source.
Trump called slain NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo’s widow and personally extended his “condolences” to her https://t.co/IQcspZkKsk
— New York Post Metro (@nypmetro) November 11, 2016
Tuozzolo, a 19-year veteran officer, is survived by his wife and two children. His friends described him as a “family man” and “protector.” Tuozzole was shot and killed in the line of duty last week after responding to a reported break-in. LawOfficer.com, a law-enforcement publication, reports that the suspect was a twice-deported, ex-convict.
Thousands of police officers reportedly attended Tuozzolo’s funeral on Long Island with “a line of officers [extending] for nearly a mile as a hearse carrying his flag-draped casket made its way” to a local cemetery.
Throughout his presidential campaign and even during his acceptance speech following his victory, Trump highlighted the importance of law, order and the men and women sworn to protect and serve.
“Law enforcement in New York City, they are here tonight,” Trump said in his speech. “They are spectacular people. Sometimes underappreciated, unfortunately – but we appreciate them.”
While Veteran’s Day is traditionally a day to celebrate the brave men and women who have served and sacrificed in the military for our country, let us not forget the many first responders who have done the same.