RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – Law enforcement officers risk their lives everyday to protect ours.
Unfortunately, some officers don’t make it home.
In 2018, there were six officers that died in the line of duty.
A memorial service is held at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training center and families that attend are given an honorary flag to recognize their sacrifice.
Jamie Anderson lost his brother who was a detective with the Barren County Sheriff’s Department.
He was responding to a call when he had a heart attack and died in the hospital later.
“You’re just overwhelmed. I mean, just that his memory will live on you just can’t put that into words,” said Jamie Anderson.
Guests from all over the state come to the service even if they don’t have a connection to the families.
Brandy Durman Toombs has been coming for years since her husband died in the line of duty in Lexington in 2010.
Her husband was hit by a hit and run driver.
“A hero remembered never dies and it’s important for the other family members to know that we’ll never forget,” said Brandy Durman Toombs.
The six fallen officers had their names added to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial.
There are more than 500 names of fallen officers engraved into it.