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Springfield Honors Fallen at Peace Officers Memorial

Springfield Honors Fallen at Peace Officers Memorial

"This year, 145 officers were killed throughout the United States", he said.

"(Basler) and another officer were responding to a prowler call on West Levee Street and they encountered the suspect, which in turn opened fire on our captain", Dale said.

Every year since 1982, members of the US law enforcement community, their families and friends have gathered on Peace Officer's Memorial Day in Washington, D.C.to mourn the fallen and remember their heroic acts.

In recent years, their job has been made much more hard, and it takes a toll on the officers and their families.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 143 police officers died in the line of duty a year ago in the US.

"You are the thin blue line between civilisation and chaos", he told law enforcement officers gathered outside the US Capitol for the memorial service.

Last year, 145 officers were killed in the line of duty, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

"It doesn't matter the decades of improvement in technology, equipment and training have been given to law enforcement".

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"All the officers we honor today performed many of these and other such duties", he said.

Names of the public servants who have been killed were read aloud one by one and honored with the ring of a bell.

"It's an opportunity to surround the families of the fallen ones in a circle of support and honor the officers who risk their lives everyday", she said.

“On May 15, we honor the sacrifices of our law enforcement officers by lowering our flags for National Peace Officers Memorial Day, ” said Craig W. Floyd, Memorial Fund President and CEO.

I am very thankful for the diligence and service of the law enforcement officers of the 1st District of Tennessee and around the country, and I greatly respect the way they courageously defend our communities.

"Police officers and staff, are ordinary people doing an extraordinary role to protect their communities".

Mayor Linda Tyer proclaimed it Police Week in the City of Pittsfield.

"We get daily reminders of Joe and Ron, when you walk into the courthouse - and of course as you get closer to July 11, the one-year anniversary", said Rick Lull, the security supervisor for the Berrien County Trial Court.

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