Community Pays Tribute to Fallen Miami-Dade Police Officers

Katrina Soto
May 6, 2017

The 36th Annual Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial Ceremony honored the 143 officers who, since 1865, have given their lives while on duty. Among those killed were Columbus police officer Steven Smith, 54. Hundreds of officers from all over the state attended the ceremony at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in London, Ohio.

During the 44th annual Detroit Police Interfaith Memorial march, the department revealed a special patrol auto with decals of the names of fallen officers on the hood. A caparisoned horse, commonly known as the rider-less horse, was processed in by Deputy Joe Bruno, Commander of the Carson City Sheriff's Mounted Unit.

After families were escorted to their seats, the ceremony began.

Alongside Perez and Sandoval, Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell also spoke in support of law enforcement.

"We are the model for community policing in this country and I can say that with a lot of confidence", he said.

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"They've made the ultimate sacrifice, so it is not much of a sacrifice for us to run five miles", said Commander Adam Summers, who leads the Northern Nevada DPS Academy.

As Garcia and other recruits take off, they'll be thinking about all the officers who have lose their life throughout Nevada's history.

They called out 782 names, all law enforcement officers in the state of Ohio.

Kirkpatrick said she was "humbled and honored" to stand alongside them and current officers as they remembered what was the "deepest personal loss" one could imagine.

The ceremony ended with the presentation of the memorial wreath and the presentation of the US flag to Parque's wife and daughter by Legislative Police Chief John Drew, followed by the 21 gun salute and taps. "We had an Officer Callahan who was killed in the line of duty with the Douglas County Sheriff's office". The decals are the names of all 232 officers that died in the line of duty since the inception of the Detroit Police Department.

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