During National Police Week, U.S. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell honored a Lexington officer who died in the line of duty in April.
Officer Bryan J. Durman was the first Lexington officer killed in the line of duty in more than 20 years. He was struck by a hit and run driver on April 29 and later died.
McConnell spoke about Durman at a U.S. Senate meeting in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. He echoed what many in Lexington have said about the decorated officer, calling Durman a "peacemaker" and a "hero."
"We recognize (officers) bravely risk their lives for ours," McConnell said. "And America is grateful."
National Police Week is May 9-15 this year.