President Obama paid tribute to the nation's fallen police officers during the annual National Peace Officers Memorial Day services at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
During his speech, the president singled out Ofc. Bradley Fox, a Boyertown area native who was shot and killed in the line of duty last year.
"After serving two tours in Iraq as a Marine, Bradley Michael Fox retired with honor and followed his dream to becoming a police officer," President Obama said. "He'd been with the Plymouth Township Police Department in Pennsylvania for five years before he was shot and killed pursuing a suspect last September. It was the day before his 35th birthday and six months before the birth of his son."
Fox's widow gave birth to the couple's son -- their second child -- in March and named him Bradley Jr.
"Nothing will replace the enthusiasm he brought to his job or the tremendous pride he had in his family, but today, Brad's wife, Lynsay, daughter, Kadence, and baby, Brad Jr., have a living reminder of their fallen hero. That's Brad's canine partner, a trusted shepherd named Nick, who Lynsay adopted into the family when he retired from the force last fall," the president said.
Last week, law enforcement officers in Berks County presented Lynsay Fox with an honorary riding jersey before they began a 200-mile bicycle ride to the nation's capital for Wednesday's services.