by Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton
501st Combat Support Wing Public Affairs
5/15/2015 - RAF CROUGHTON, England -- Carrying
a weighted camouflage backpack and sporting a knee-brace over top of
his uniform, Chaplain (Maj.) Jack Stanley, ran along the perimeter road
around RAF Croughton, England, May 11.
Still recovering from a recent surgery, the 422nd Air Base Group
chaplain pushed himself onward - uttering a single phrase of
"For you, dad," he said, as he ran during a ruck march in support of National Police Week.
Started in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation
designating May 15 as Peace Officers' Memorial Day, and the week in
which the date falls as Police Week, the international event is meant to
honor those officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice to serve and
protect their communities.
"My dad was a lifelong peace officer who retired a few years ago,"
Stanley said. "He has Parkinson's disease, which keeps getting worse and
worse. All of that came to light when I was running out here. I can do
this for dad."
Stanley said even though his father wasn't killed in the line of duty,
he still wanted to show his solidarity with all law enforcement
officers, while at the same time honoring his father. Over the hills and
valleys that made up the perimeter road at RAF Croughton, Stanley and
other Airmen from the base, pushed themselves through the five kilometer
"He didn't die serving as a peace officer, but he gave his life
throughout 35 years of service," Stanley said. "In many ways, he is a
hero back home."
Hailing from a small town just outside Williard, Penn., Stanley was able
to see the impact his father had on their community. It instilled a
lifelong appreciation for law enforcement.
"This has been a tough year for peace officers in so many ways," he
said. "I think now is the time we need to stop to thank and honor those
who don't get paid well enough, work hard, work long hours, give up
family time and take risks others don't to ensure we all sleep well at
In 2014, 117 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in
the United States. From Jan. 1 to May 12, 2015, 46 officers have
fallen. Stanley said his father would be proud to see the support given
by the 501st Combat Support Wing during Police Week.
"It's a wonderful thing that they do," Stanley said. "We can never thank
them enough. They should be proud of what they do. It's priceless and
sets the standard for the rest of society."
Stanley said it truly inspires him to see that society still has children who aspire to serve and protect their community.
"No matter what people say, little kids still want to be policemen, or a
fireman, when they grow up," he said. "There's a reason for that. Those
kids are proud and know those peace officers keep the world safe, every
On any given day, there are roughly 900,000 sworn law enforcement
officers working to ensure communities through America remain safe.
Stanley said the least he could do was come out with fellow Airmen to
send a message of gratitude to those individuals who served, like his
"My father was a 'good cop' in the best sense of the word," he said.
"I'm honored we get to do our part to support him and all the other cops