TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Police across the area are honoring officers who have died in the line of duty as part of the Toledo Police Department's annual police memorial service.
The service started at noon is expected to last about an hour in the Toledo Police Memorial Garden in the Civic Center Mall downtown. It honors 30 Toledo police officers and dozens more from area departments killed in the line of duty.
Families of the fallen officers are in attendance to hear the officers' names read, "Taps" played and see a presentation of a dedication wreath.
Toledo Police Chief Derrick Diggs and Toledo Mayor Mike Bell are scheduled to speak. The keynote speaker is Col. John Born with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
This ceremony comes in the middle of National Police Week to recognize officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
"Law enforcement is a very challenging but also very dangerous occupation. And it's a time for us to be able to reflect and have a solemn service for those individuals who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service for the community," said Diggs.