Memorial Service Honors Fallen Officers
By Tim Brockwell
PADUCAH, KY - Citizens and Members of the local law enforcement community gathered Monday afternoon to honor and memorialize those who have fallen in the line of duty.
A large crowd of county and city officials, police officers and friends of law enforcement attended the noon ceremony at the McCracken County Courthouse. McCracken County Attorney Mike Murphy spoke at the ceremony, reminding everyone that although officers who have given their lives performing their duty may be gone, they are not forgotten.
"We are here today to honor the memory and service of law enforcement members across the country who have fallen in the line of duty," Murphy said. "Today in the United States, some 900 thousand law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of their community. They serve with valor and distinction, and with great success."
Last year, 105 Peace Officers gave their lives while on duty. Monday marks the first day of Peace Officer's Memorial Week, a time to come together in remembrance, honor and thanks to the men and women who have died while performing their duty.
Murphy said those who have made the ultimate sacrifice deserve to be remembered for all they have given to the community, and the nation.
"When I was a child, my mother often told me that success in life was not measured by what you've got, but what you gave," Murphy said. "We are here to honor those who gave everything and brought honor to themselves and to the noble profession of policing."