Area law enforcement honor fallen officers

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The overall national observance is organized by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Concerns of Police Survivors and FOP/FOPA.

Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton and Orange County Deputy First Class Norm Lewis' names are now engraved on the wall of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial - after both lost their lives in the line of duty. With his wife, he has attended ceremonies in the state for fallen officers "knowing full well that by the grace of God and a quarter of an inch we weren't burying our son", he said.

"I wish that I would've been the last, but I'm not, and nor will I ever be", said Sharron Johnson, a sergeant in Sumter County.

He is joined by fellow fallen officers, some dating back more than 100 years.

A candlelight vigil will take place Tuesday evening.

In 2017, it was a similar scene as members of California's Law enforcement community paid tribute, gathering in Sacramento to pay homage. Past year 129 officers were killed on the job across the country.

"But I turned to God". "It's just an opportunity to finish what I started".

"Time has a way of healing", she said after the ceremony.

She adds she will keep coming to the event every year to make sure Rusty remembers his uncle too.

Unknowingly, the officers had interrupted three men who were attempting to disguise an Oldsmobile they had stolen in Atlanta.

Johnson isn't moving alone.

A remembrance of Officer Russell Duncan will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16 in front of the police department, 1001 N. Idaho Rd.

"The support has been fantastic from the very beginning. We must end them right now".

Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on, Tuesday, May 15, in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day during Police Week, and as proclaimed by President Trump.