Arnaud Beltrame, heroic French police officer 1973-2018, by Slawomiro

Arnaud Beltrame, heroic French police officer 1973-2018, by Slawomiro

Arnaud Jean-Georges Beltrame (18 April 1973 – 24 March 2018) was a lieutenant colonel in the French Gendarmerie nationale and deputy commander of the Departmental Gendarmerie’s Aude unit. Beltrame was killed by a terrorist at Trèbes after having exchanged himself for a hostage.  Arnaud Beltrame was known as a devout Catholic and devoted police officer.  For his bravery and adherence to duty he was posthumously promoted to colonel and made a Commander of the Legion of Honour.

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, drawn by Slawomiro

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, drawn by Slawomiro

Saint Maximilian Kolbe (1894 – 1941) was a Polish Conventual Franciscan Friar who was sent to Auschwitz for hiding Jews during the Second World War. When the Nazi guards selected 10 people to be starved to death in punishment, Kolbe volunteered to die in place of a stranger. He was later canonised as a martyr. (source:biography online)