Rep. Byrne honors Officer Billa in speech to U.S. House

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) - Congressman Bradley Byrne delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on March 5th in memory of fallen Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa. Officer Billa was shot and killed during a domestic violence call on February 20th, 2018.

Congressman Byrne said: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to remember the life of Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa. Officer Billa was tragically shot and killed in the line of duty on February 20th.

“I’m not sure my path ever crossed with Officer Billa, but it may have. See, we take for granted the work our police officers do on a daily basis.

“Police officers hug their families goodbye and leave their home each day or night not knowing whether they will come home safe.

“Each and every day our law enforcement and first responders work to keep us safe and support our communities, but we far too often take their service for granted.

“I can think of no better way to honor the life of Officer Billa than to encourage every American to take time to say “thank you” to your local police officers.

“To Officer Billa’s wife, Erin, and their young son, Taylor, I hope you take comfort in knowing that you are loved.

“Justin’s service and sacrifice to Mobile, Alabama, and the United States will never be forgotten.

“I yield back.”

Mobile County

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Northwest Florida