Fallen officers honored during ceremonies

Fallen officers honored during ceremonies at Fountain Square and the Police Memorial (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Police Memorial Week wraps up with ceremonies honoring fallen officers at Fountain Square and at the Police Memorial at police headquarters.

Officers and representatives from several law enforcement departments were joined by family, friends and politicians for the ceremonies.

In 2017, the Tri-State was fortunate enough to not have to recognize any local officers killed in action.

One of the speakers at Fountain Square was Linda Pope. She is the widow of Officer Dan Pope who was killed along with Ronald Jeter in 1997. "As time marches forward, it doesn't really heal your heart. But it just gives you the opportunity to learn to live with the emptiness and all of the what-ifs. I don't think you ever fully become whole again, but you become something new. A new normal. A new life. A different life. But I look at my life as a gift. I want to live life again. And I want to be happy."

Mayor John Cranley again addressed the proclamation accidentally issued for the killer of Officer Sonny Kim in 2015. "Obviously as most of you probably know by now yesterday we unintentionally hurt people in this community. It was a huge mistake and I am deeply sorry."

Following the ceremony at Fountain Square, a procession went to the Police Memorial at headquarters on Ezzard Charles Drive. There was a 21-gun salute. Flowers were placed on the wall holding the names of fallen officers dating back to the 1700s.

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