LONDON, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, members of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission, and law enforcement officers from throughout the state gathered Thursday for the annual Ohio Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony to honor the 770 Ohio peace officers who have died in the line of duty since 1823.
“Today, we not only honor those who died in 2015, but we also remember the hundreds of Ohio law enforcement officers before them who sacrificed their lives to protect Ohio families,” said DeWine. “It is important that these officers are always remembered for their courage and their dedication.”
The names of the fallen officers honored have been added to the Ohio Fallen Officers’ Memorial Wall, which stands as a lasting tribute to Ohio’s officers who gave their lives for their communities. The wall is located at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in London, Ohio, where the ceremony was held.
A moment of silence was also observed for Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell and Columbus Police Officer Steven Smith, who were killed in the line of duty in 2016. Cottrell and Smith will be formally honored during the 2017 ceremony.
In addition, this was the first year that K-9s have been recognized as part of the Ohio Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony. The names of K-9 Falko of the Toledo Police Department, K-9 Andy of the Vermilion Police Department, K-9 Bungee of the New Albany Police Department, K-9 Cero of the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office, and K-9 Bandit of the Cincinnati Police Department have been added to a plaque that will be displayed inside the academy. Canton Police Department K-9 Jethro, who was killed in January, will be formally honored next year.