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National Sheriffs Association: Thank you, Jonathan, for that kind introduction.  It’s good to see you again.  I also want to recognize Greg Champagne of St. Charles, Louisiana.

Before I say anything else, I have to acknowledge, with great sadness, that we lost two police officers this weekend.  Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering of Westerville, Ohio were shot to death around noontime Saturday.  Between them they had nearly 40 years of law enforcement service.  I want to join with President Trump in offering my condolences to their families at this difficult time.

It is an honor to be with you this morning.  The National Sheriffs’ Association is one of the biggest law enforcement groups in America—with more than 20,000 members and 75 years of history.

I want to thank you for what you do.  I’ve heard about how you’ve trained more than 1,000 law officers in using narcan—an overdose reversal drug.  You’ve donated thousands of narcan kits across 21 different states.  I’m told that you’ve already reversed hundreds of overdoses.

I’m pleased to see that my home state of Alabama is well-represented here. We have 14 Alabama sheriffs with us this morning, as well as the long time Executive Director of the Alabama Sheriffs Association, Bobby Timmons.  Thank you all for keeping Alabama safe.

On behalf of President Trump, I am here to say thank you to everyone here for your service to this country.

I know that many of you have met with the President.  You know that he is a strong supporter of law enforcement. Read more

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National Sheriffs Association: Thank you, Jonathan, for that kind introduction.  It’s good to see you again.  I also want to recognize Greg Champagne of St. Charles, Louisiana.

Before I say anything else, I have to acknowledge, with great sadness, that we lost two police officers this weekend.  Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering of Westerville, Ohio were shot to death around noontime Saturday.  Between them they had nearly 40 years of law enforcement service.  I want to join with President Trump in offering my condolences to their families at this difficult time.

It is an honor to be with you this morning.  The National Sheriffs’ Association is one of the biggest law enforcement groups in America—with more than 20,000 members and 75 years of history.