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Dated: Tuesday April 07, 2009

National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers Expresses Condolences to Family, Friends and Pittsburgh Community on Deaths of Slain Officers

It is with our deepest sympathy that the Board of Directors and General Membership of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, Inc expresses their condolences to the family, friends and members of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Police Department on the death of their comrades and loved ones, Officers Stephen Mayhle, Paul Sciullo III, and Eric Kelly on Saturday, April 4, 2009.

The loss of any member of our law enforcement family is a burden that is shared by all who have chosen to dedicate themselves to serve and protect our communities, transcends the barriers of race and ethnicity, and brings despair to all who wear the uniform and badge.

We join with our comrades in arms of the Pittsburgh Police Department in mourning their loss, and offer our warm and heartfelt prayers to their families and loved ones, who will forever be devoid of their companionship, love and devotion.

Yet we shall also rejoice in their coming unto The Lord, our God and Savior, for He, in His Great Omnipotence and Wisdom, has called them unto His side. For He is the arbiter of our fate, and in Him lies our strength and redemption.

To their earthly bound family and friends, while we can never know the unbearable depths of your despair, we share your sorrow and grief. Yet will we pay honor and homage to these, our comrades in arms, in the knowledge that they shall have a place of honor in the House of The Lord.

The National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, Inc, a 501.(c).(3) non-profit, is a premier national organization representing the interests and concerns of African American, Latino and other criminal justice practitioners of color serving in law enforcement, corrections, and investigative agencies throughout the United States, and the communities in which they serve.

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