County Honors Those Who Died In Line of Duty

By: Whitney Holmes
By: Whitney Holmes

May 12, 2005

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy set aside the week of May 15 as National Police Week.

In a solemn ceremony, the Albemarle County Police Department celebrated National Police Week by remembering those who gave their lives to protect others.

In our area, this includes Greene County Sergeant Rodney Davis shot and killed by a drug dealer in 2003.

Or Albemarle County's own K-9, Ingo, shot and killed by a burglar last year.

"If Ingo hadn't been there we might have had a dead police officer on our hands," said Lt. John Teixeira from the Albemarle County Police Department.

Through 23 years of service, Lt. Teixeira has lost many of his own. And it is does not get easier the more it happens.

"They've been shot or stabbed. It's kind of the side that people don't want to talk about. That's probably why you saw me crying a little bit. I was thinking about those people," said Teixeira.

As a former prosecutor, Delegate Rob Bell (R-58th) saw first hand the sacrifices these men and women have made, in what he called the 'thin blue line between anarchy and civilization'.

"Being an officer means you have less time with your family. The hours are long. They have less time with their family, so that every time you drive down the street you don't have to worry about a drunk driver hitting us. That's because of their hard work," said Bell.

Teixeira himself has been seriously injured twice. Once by a man who tried to steal his gun and shoot him and also when a drunk driver ran into him.

But he says all these sacrifices are worth it for one reason.

"I get a lot of satisfaction out of this job because you get to help people," said Teixeira.

Delegate Mitch Van Yahres (D-57th), who is retiring this year, was also honored at the ceremony for his dedication to the police department.

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