Fallen heroes remembered in annual police memorial ceremony

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Taps rang through Fonner Park on Friday in memory of Nebraska police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Each year the ceremony is dedicated to the officers lost the year before. Friday's memorial was in honor of Officer Randy Haddix.

"Randy was a huge proponent of the kids," Cheyenne County Sheriff Adam Frerichs said of his friend. "He was always looking out for the kiddos, great man. He would give you the shirt off his back for anything. He was a typical first responder, just always giving of themselves, their time, their money and their service."

Officer Haddix was remembered along with many other fallen heroes. People came from all over the state to show their support.

"A lot of people put on a lot of miles today to get here," Sheriff Frerichs said. "It means a lot to us that they would take time off work, time out of their day to jump in their car and drive down here to help support us."

For Peggy Reese her brother was honored five years ago after losing his life in the line of duty. She says she comes every year because of what she calls amazing community support.

"I always felt like my brother never felt supported sometimes," Reese said. I would think any law enforcement would feel that way at times. I always want to go 'Mark, look. They're all here. They did support you and it's amazing. It's amazing.'"

Reese says if her brother was here, he would have loved this annual event.