Arizona Peace Officers Memorial service held Monday

PHOENIX — Since the Arizona Peace Officers Memorial was first devoted in 1988, 388 names have been added to the eight double-sided panels surrounding the long-lasting bronze statue. Twenty-six of these names embody officers who died in 2021.

A procession to Wesley Bolin Plaza exterior the state capitol lasted 14 minutes Monday as every of the 26 officers who died final year have been remembered.

“It never gets easier. I was just talking to my sister-in-law,” said Lisa Wargo. Her husband, a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputy, was shot and killed in 2012.

Wargo, along with her sister-in-law, discussed her husband’s shooting death that happened in 2012.

“Yesterday was my husband’s 10th anniversary, his finish of watch. It nonetheless hits me right now like a ton of bricks as if it was the primary year,” added Wargo.

She, like many others, attended Arizona’s forty eighth Annual Peace Officers Memorial ceremony for the native, state, and federal officers who handed final year.

The record of names is the longest but.

“Being here and supporting the families, who have lost recent officers, they are heroes. Just being a part of this with my family has been special through the years,” said Maria Garcia, a family member of a fallen officer.

In addition to those names being etched into stone, and becoming a long-lasting visual reminder to all, every one of them were spoken during a roll call to be heard.

“These folks put their lives on the road to maintain us protected in our houses, and in our communities,” mentioned Governor Doug Ducey.

The ceremony included a riderless horse, a silent motorbike procession, and rifle salute amongst different tributes.

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