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Midland police honor officers killed in the line of duty

Law enforcement from Midland and Odessa gathered outside the Midland Police Department for a Peace Officers Memorial service.
Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 8:52 PM CDT
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MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - Peace Officers Memorial Day is a day to remember law enforcement that lost their lives in the line of duty.

Law enforcement from Midland and Odessa gathered outside the Midland Police Department for a Peace Officers Memorial service.

The name of every Texas police officer killed in the line of duty was read at the ceremony.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum, 2020 was the deadliest year for officers.

Texas led the U.S. with 48 officer deaths last year.

Midland Police Chief Seth Herman says he wishes he could do more for the family members that lost loved ones in the line of duty.

“Unfortunately, there’s nothing I can do to ease their pain. They’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice. Their loved ones are in a better place. The family members are the ones that have to live with their memory every day,” said Chief Herman.

President Joe Biden issued a proclamation encouraging governors across the U.S. to fly all flags at half staff in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Chief Herman says the service is meant to acknowledge the officers who were killed protecting others.

“I think the older I get, the more poignant it is for me. Every year that goes by, I lose more friends who I started within law enforcement. It has a deeper meaning each year, not that it didn’t the first year, but now the 30th, it’s much more difficult, to be honest with you.”

The public is encouraged to replace their porch lights with blue bulbs to honor fallen officers across the country.

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