Communities observe National Police Officers Week

By WTAJ News

Published 05/14 2014 11:12AM

Updated 05/14 2014 11:16AM

STATE COLLEGE – Law enforcement communities from across the country are recognizing those who sacrificed their lives as a part of National Police Officers Week.

Centre County law enforcement honored the 105 police officers killed in the line of duty in 2013, including two from Pennsylvania.

The ceremony was held in from of Old Main on Penn State’s main campus and began with a 21-gun salute.

Officers leading the ceremony say it’s important to honor those who sacrifice their lived to keep citizens safe.

“They lose their life in the line of duty on behalf of all of us citizens that are able to sleep at night, be safe when they go to the grocery stores, be safe when they go out in public, said Penn State Police Chief Tyrone Parham. “We're paying a very major tribute to these officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice.”

Centre County Commissioners declared the week of May 12th as “Police Week” and Thursday will be recognized as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day in Centre County.

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