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A worn flag at the 11th annual Police Officer Memorial Ceremony at the Law Enforcement/Fire Fighter Memorial on Friday morning.

Ceremony remembers officers killed in line of duty

FORT WAYNE – Area police, public officials and members of the public on Friday remembered at an annual memorial ceremony officers who have died in the line of duty.

The names of 10 officers going back to 1907 were read aloud during the ceremony at the police memorial on Wells Street.

Mayor Tom Henry said to be thankful to the officers isn’t enough. The public also needs to be thankful to the families of police officers, too, for the tremendous sacrifice that they make.

“People don’t realize how much you have to put up with,” Henry said.

Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York, noting that police have been involved in nine shootings since January, said the streets are becoming more dangerous for law enforcement. Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries also commented that increasingly public officials are being targeted.

York, meanwhile, noted that the late Master Sgt. Kenneth Hayden will be recognized next week, having his name inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. His name will be added to the local memorial next year.

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