Officer Gregg Benner was laid to rest on Thursday. Courtesy image
Luján Honors the Life and Service of Officer Gregg Benner on the House Floor
Washington – Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District spoke today on the House floor in honor of the life and service of Rio Rancho Police Officer Gregg Benner who was killed in the line of duty last week. Click here to watch Luján’s speech. Below are his remarks as delivered.
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Officer Gregg Benner of the Rio Rancho Police Department, who was killed in the line of duty on May 25th. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of Officer Benner as they mourn the loss of a husband, father, grandfather, and friend who was taken from them far too soon.
“Officer Benner dedicated his life to protecting his community and his country. From his career in the Air Force to the Rio Rancho Police Department, Officer Benner put his health and safety on the line to make us safer, and he leaves behind a legacy of valor and service.
“The loss of any police officer is a painful reminder of the dangers they face. While we are shaken by Officer Benner’s loss, we can take comfort in the memories that he has left behind for all those who knew him and the example that he set.
“While a tragedy such as this is unexpected and shocking, the response has brought out the best of the residents of Rio Rancho, who have displayed an outpouring of support and sympathy.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Benner’s family, fellow officers, and the entire Rio Rancho community, and I hope that they find peace in this most difficult time. Officer Benner, may God bless you and may you rest in peace.”