MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A somber ceremony on Thursday in Meriden as law enforcement honored fallen heroes at the Connecticut Police Academy. The annual remembrance service saluted the brave men and women in blue who lost their lives.
This was the 34th time the law enforcement memorial service was held. Three more names were added to the monument.
Current and future police officers from around the state joined family members in this solemn remembrance ceremony.
“Law enforcement is a family. We just want to make sure those who have lost their loved ones are supported. That the brother, sister officers, when we lose someone anywhere, it affects us everywhere,” said Chief Patrick Ridenhour, the president of the Police Chief’s Association.
State Police Sgt. Brian Mohl, Preston Constable William Kinney, and New Haven Police Officer Diane Gonzalez had their names etched into the Connecticut police memorial forever. Police chiefs read off the names of officers who died in the line of duty, 148 total.
The eternal flame in front of the memorial is a symbolic reminder of the ultimate sacrifice so many law enforcement officers have had to make.
A touching ceremony with the hope there will be no more names added for the coming year.