L aw enforcement officers from all parts of Ohio gathered Thursday to honor the lives of officers who have given their lives while working to serve and protect.
Family, friends, brothers, and state leaders came together in London, Ohio for the annual Ohio Peace Officer's Memorial Ceremony. Honored were 762 Ohio police officers who have died in the line of duty since 1823.
"Every day, peace officers in Ohio and around the nation shield us and our families from danger," said Attorney General DeWine. "And when, in the course of protecting us, peace officers become casualties, we are made to understand the risks that they and their fellow officers willingly accept as part of their pledge to serve and protect."
Among those honored Thursday were Akron Police Officer Jonathan Russell "russ" Long who died in 2013, more than 20 years after being injured in a crash in the line of duty. The crash left the then 29-year-old officer unable to walk or speak. "Through his limited use of one arm, he learned to communicate with a keyboard and an audio computer, and he taught rookie officers about the dangers of police work," said Attorney General DeWine.
Also honored at the ceremony were fallen Sandusky Police Officer Matthew Dunn, who was killed in the line of duty in March 2011.
The names of all officers honored Thursday have been added to the Ohio Fallen Officers' Memorial Wall, which stands as a lasting tribute to officers who have given their lives for their Ohio communities since 1823. The wall stands at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in London.