The public is invited to a Thursday, May 16, ceremony honoring law enforcement officers who died last year in the line of duty. The annual ceremony is organized by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and other regional law enforcement agencies. It is scheduled for 11 a.m. in the plaza at the east end of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver.
Nationwide, 120 officers died in the line of duty last year. Ceremonies across the country will recognize their sacrifice in service to their communities and public safety. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, an officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 57 hours. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 19,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have been killed on the job.