CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Each year, the FBI honors federal, state and local police officers killed in the line of duty.
The 24th annual Fallen West Virginia Law Enforcement Officers memorial ceremony was held Wednesday morning at the FBI CJIS Division Complex in Clarksburg.
The ceremony included music, prayer and a 21 gun salute.
Local and state police then read the roll call of all of the officers killed in the line of duty.
“This is something that needs to be done every year to recognize those who have given a life to service, have provided our communities and our citizens with that safety and protection, and it’s a way or remembering,” said CJIS Division Assistant Director Michael DeLeon. “Unfortunately, we’ve lost quite a few officers in the tour that they have served in protecting society, and this is our way of recognizing and remembering.”
DeLeon and two officers placed an American flag and wreath at a permanent memorial engraved with all of the fallen officers’ names.