Northland Law Enforcers Remember Those Lost in the Line of Duty

By KBJR News 1

May 17, 2012 Updated May 18, 2012 at 8:22 AM CST

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated the week of May 15th as a time set aside to honor those police officers who have died in the line of duty.

Northland Police officers from both Minnesota and Wisconsin honored their fallen today; remembering, in a special ceremony, what they lived and died for.

"It's very sobering to see the affect that has on the community and the families involved. And it's hard wearing the uniform and see, hey that could be me everyday."

Duluth Police Sergeant Robert Shene is remembering the funerals he has been to as a member of the honor guard.

"It could be anyone of us everyday. And it's a sobering reminder of the dangers involved doing our job."

Law enforcement personnel from around the Northland gathered in Duluth to honor those lost, naming off each officer.

At the 23rd Annual memorial breakfast, Duluth District Court Judge John DeSanto spoke passionately.

"Only to emphasize and honor the service of every law enforcement officer everywhere who puts himself and herself in harm's way, to protect us."

Chaplin Kevin Norton prayed from the officers lost, and for the men and women in uniform that put their lives on the line everyday.

"We need to recognize the sacrifice they make day in and day out when we don't really think about them until there is a crisis."

Even when the sun sets on this day of memory, northland authorities will continue to keep the losses in their minds; a daily reminder of the dangers of protecting and serving.

A memorial that honors those killed in the line of duty will be relocated from City Hall to Duluth's new police headquarters off Arlington Avenue.

Zach Vavricka

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