November 4, 2016
By AFSCME President Lee Sanders
“Sergeant Brandt, a member of Public Safety Employees Association (PSEA), Local 803, died a hero, protecting his community with professionalism and fearlessness. He represented everything that public service workers and police officers should be.
“To save lives, law enforcement officers far too often give their own. This has been an especially dangerous year, with 107 officers killed nationwide, 7 percent more than at this point in 2015. And the percentage of deaths caused by firearms is up 45 percent from last year. Sergeant Brandt is the fourth PSEA officer we have lost in the line of duty in the last five years. Despite all the risks, so many brave men and women continue to embrace, and excel at, this essential work.
“AFSCME, which represents nearly 100,000 public safety officers nationwide, will always fight for those officers to receive the salary and benefits they deserve, in addition to top-notch training, the best equipment and safe staffing levels. We are also a partner in the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, where Sergeant Brandt’s name will be added next year.
“Our deepest prayers and condolences are with Sergeant Brandt’s wife, Natasha, their four children, and all of his family and friends. We wish them peace and healing, as they celebrate his life and cope with this unimaginable loss.”
*** AFSCME’s 1.6 million members provide the vital services that make America happen. With members in hundreds of different occupations — from nurses to corrections officers, child care providers to sanitation workers — AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.