Remembering the Fallen

by Brittany Harris on May 14, 2011 at 5:31 am

Southeast Ohioans came together on Saturday to honor officers killed in the line of duty.

A Peace Officer Memorial Service was held at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 in Zanesville. Six officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice were recognized.

"It’s an honor to just follow in their footsteps, the sacrifices that they made, the dedication that they showed and went forth and just paved the way for other law enforcement," said .FO.P President and ZPD Officer Tom Porter.

Speakers at the event included Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz and Perry County Sheriff Randy Barker.

Porter said there is a sense of camaraderie among the different law enforcement agencies.

"It doesn’t matter what uniform you wear you walk the streets, we’re brothers and we’re happy to stand beside each other day in and day out," he said.

Reports show that on average one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the U.S. every 53 hours.