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Community honors fallen officers on National Peace Officers Memorial Day

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Tuesday was National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

It was a time to remember the countless men and women killed while protecting and serving their community.

All across Mid-Michigan ceremonies were held to honor local officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

“You really get to reflect back on people you knew. People who were in the community that lost their lives in the line of duty,” Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson said.

Midland Police Chief Clifford Block said it hits home for law enforcement. Most officers are a close-knit bunch, having friends or family who have lost their lives on the job.

“Obviously, it’s a dangerous profession. We know as officers our life can be in danger at any time. We know that as officers we accept that requirement under oath, but unfortunately a lot of officers do lose their life every year,” Block said.

Not only do they take this day to remember the fallen, but current law enforcement as well. Sometimes it’s easy to forget when law enforcement leave home to go to work they may never see their loved ones again.

“If every peace officer doesn’t think about that, they should. That’s why we have training and that’s why we have days like today. It reminds law enforcement to keep in mind you have to come home every single day,” Stephenson said.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, more than 1,500 officers have died in the line of duty during the past 10 years.

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