The names of 316 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty were read Friday evening during a candlelight vigil as thousands looked on at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.
One of these names was Petty Officer 3rd Class Shaun Lin, who died on October 13, 2010, during a training evolution on the James River in Virginia. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp had the honor of reading Lin’s name.
“It is fitting that our Shipmate has been honored and will continue to stand watch alongside the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedoms,” said Papp after the ceremony.
Lin was a true patriot, who embodied the Coast Guard’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty. In a servicewide announcement, Adm. Papp said the following about Lin’s death:
“Petty Officer Lin stood the watch on the front lines, from his time aboard CGC [Coast Guard Cutter] Maui serving in the North Arabian Gulf to his assignment at MSST [Maritime Safety and Security Team] New York. He protected our Nation from criminal and terrorist threats. Petty Officer Lin’s individual efforts are probably unknown to most people, but his selfless service continues to be highly valued by all Americans. His quiet professionalism, like that of so many others in our service, ensured we were Always Ready.”
Shaun Lin’s name will now be added to the National Law Enforcement Offices Memorial walls.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., was dedicated 20 years ago and bears the names of nearly 19,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officers. The reading of names is conducted annually as part of National Police Week.