WOOD COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) - Wood County honored fallen officers Friday, a ceremony that residents believe is important to the community.
Officers said it has been 28 years since someone from Wood County Law Enforcement died while on duty. Organizers said the ceremony was about remembering the sacrifice of those who have passed away and the service of the officers who still serve the county.
Representatives from nearly every law enforcement agency in the county were at Friday's memorial service. They honored 12 officers who died in the line of duty going all the way back to 1896. They also commemorated officers all over the nation who were killed in the last year.
Organizers said the service is not just for law enforcement, it is to remind the public about the work officers do and the sacrifices they make.
People who attended the memorial service said they hope Friday's ceremony gives the community more respect for law enforcement.
"They can expect to have a deeper understanding of what people put on the line every day when they put on that police uniform and they go out and they protect the rights of those citizens that are in the public. That, a lot of times, we don't recognize what those officers are in fact doing for us," explained Lt. Brad Biller of the Bowling Green Police Division.
The memorial service was a combined effort by the Wood County commissioners and the Wood County Fraternal Order of Police.