Maine's police community gathers to honor fallen officers

7:47 PM, May 16, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine's police community gathered in Augusta Thursday morning to honor the 83 officers who have died in the line of duty.

The annual ceremony was held at the Maine Law Enforcement Officers Memorial next to the State House.  

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills was the guest speaker. During her speech, she said Thursday's ceremony was a chance to reflect on the character, professionalism, and sacrifice each officer made.

"Eighty-three untimely deaths from 1808 to 2011.  Eighty-three citizens who worked for us, who patrolled our woods, our lakes, our bays, and skies," Mills said.  "Each had a life, each had a family, each had a duty."

Law enforcement officers in attendance said the ceremony is also a chance to come together and reflect on the brotherhood and cooperation of agencies across the state.

"Whether an agency has lost one, an agency has lost 15, or they haven't lost any, we all recognize that at any single point throughout the day, any one of us could be called into a situation, and any one of our staff could be called in a situation where it could be their last day," Maine Warden Service Col. Joel Wilkinson said.  

No new names were added to the memorial this year.  

Attorney General Mills said this year's ceremony is to ensure the 83 names currently on the memorial will never be forgotten.

"These 83 soles who have left us through tragedy and who have left a hole in our hearts, they did their duty, and today, we reaffirm our resolve that they should not have died in vain," Mills said. 

The ceremony was held as National Police Week is taking place down in Washington, D.C. 


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