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Fallen police officers remembered at Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Monument

Stan Ingold
Honor Guard presenting the colors at the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Monument in Richmond

State leaders and law enforcement officials from across Kentucky met with friends and families of officers who died in the line of duty last year. A ceremony was held Thursday at the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Monument in Richmond. Governor Andy Beshear was the keynote speaker. He thanked officers and expressed support of Kentucky law enforcement community.

“So, on behalf of four and a half million Kentuckians, who depend on our law enforcement every day to keep us safe, thank you. Thank you to all of you. Thank you for what you do every single day. Whether you feel it in every moment or not, this Commonwealth loves you. We appreciate you and we desperately need to.”

He governor went on to say it is important to support the families of fallen officers.

“The very least, that we can do, each and every individual in this Commonwealth, is be there for every single one of these families when tragedy strikes, and we'll do more each year. Every time we find a way that we can help, because it's how we continue the legacy of those whose names are on this monument.”

During the ceremony, the names of twelve fallen officers were unveiled on the monument. All died in the line of duty, seven fell last year. The other five died between 1913 and 1948.

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