Local law enforcement honor fallen officers

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. This week is dedicated as Police Week and today, the Scottsbluff Police Department hosted a ceremony to remember those officers that have fallen in the line of duty.

As of this year, there has been over 50 officers nationally that have been killed in the line of duty. This Police Officer Memorial Service was honored for those fallen officers and their families.

“We named every officer that had been killed in the line of duty in Scotts Bluff County and the state patrol read the names of those that made the ultimate sacrifice across the state,” explained Chief Kevin Spencer, Scottsbluff Police Department.

Many officers lost their lives to help someone in need.

“The average in the United States is somewhere around 130 to 160 a year,” said Sheriff Mark Overman, Scotts Bluff County. “So that’s more than 10 a month.”

Remembrance comes with reflection of those who risk their lives every day for your protection.

“I want them to reflect on the oath that they have taken and to the commitment they made,” said Chief Spencer. “I want them to remember those that have gone before them and been killed in the line of duty.”

No matter what time of the day you call, the officers will be there to assist you.

“24 hours a day, seven days a week, if you call 9-1-1, you are going to have a police officer come,” explained Sheriff Overman. “Who knows what uniform he will be wearing. It might be blue or it might be brown.”

Local law enforcement wants the community to know that they take every call as a serious one so expect their assistance at any time.