The names of Maine's law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty will once again ring out in Augusta. Stroud said this year's participation in the challenge was the largest it's been in the three years the department has held the event.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy declared May 15th as Peace Officers' Memorial Day.
"Our officers go above and beyond when working with the people they serve", she said.
Lt. Gov. Brad Little also spoke during the service, saying it's honor to serve a state filled with fearless men and women.
The task of announcing each name and the day they gave their lives in the line of duty was made even harder for Martin, as he personally knew two of the peace officers killed previous year.
The annual ceremony at the memorial in their honor will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday. Each year, there are approximately 60,000 assaults on law enforcement officers, resulting in almost 16,000 injuries.
"This event is to basically praise the officers, the men and women of the department of not only the Brownsville department but law enforcement across the country", Commander David Dale said. "The children, parents, wives, husbands and friends of these officers that died will always have the pain of losing their loved one". This program will improve officer safety on the job and accelerate the process of benefits through the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program, which provides vital resources to the families of fallen officers.
As part of National Police Week, Pittsfield officers honored fellow law enforcement - past and present - from across Berkshire County on Thursday.
This week, the House passed the Thin Blue Line Act.
"They just wanted to make a difference in their communities", Sterling said, explaining that honoring the fallen is much more than reciting numbers. "Our liberties depend on the rule of law, and that means supporting the incredible men and women of law enforcement". He was joined by North Las Vegas Police Chief Alex Perez, City Councilman and former Metro Police Capt. Stavros Anthony, among other leaders in the Las Vegas Valley police community.