Honoring fallen officers

 MEDFORD, Ore. – Law enforcement officers from around Jackson County gathered Tuesday to honor those who have died in the line of duty in a Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony.

Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler said honoring fallen officers is a somber experience.

“Coming back to honor those things it just makes it a reality that this could happen to any officer at anytime,” Sheriff Sickler said.

Across the U.S., more than 21,000 officers have died in the line of duty, including some officers from Southern Oregon.

“Over the past decade 1,517 line of duty deaths have occurred,” Sheriff Sickler said.

In 2018, 158 officers were killed.

“While any death in the community is tragic, it is especially so when it is someone who has dedicated their lives to serving others, someone who has dedicated themselves to those who couldn’t protect themselves,” Sheriff Sickler said.

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and Josephine County Sheriff’s Office also held a Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony in Grants Pass.

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