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Police honor fallen MO officer in SWAT Challenge

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Deputy Chris Parsons (Source: Sgt. Jason Fitzwater/Fredericktown Police Department) Deputy Chris Parsons (Source: Sgt. Jason Fitzwater/Fredericktown Police Department)
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FREDERICKTOWN, MO (KFVS) -

Hundreds of people came out to honor a former deputy at the 3rd Annual Chris Parsons Challenge and Southeast Missouri SWAT Challenge event.

It was held Saturday in Fredericktown, Missouri.

Around a dozen police departments took part in the tactical challenges.

Police and deputies geared up to take on events such as special op's, active shooter, tactical endurance, terrorist attack and officer down.

These events were a training opportunity geared for simulation of real life scenarios. The events emphasized weapons expertise and physical fitness.

The event is in honor of Deputy Chris Parsons who was killed in the line of duty on December 15, 2012.

He was a member of the Washington County, Missouri Sheriff's Department. Deputy Parsons started his career with the Fredericktown Police Department and was hired straight out of the academy.

Parsons worked with Fredericktown police for around six weeks before offered a full-time position with the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Fredericktown Police Chief Eric Hovis says Parsons was a good friend and remembers the night he was called to help assist with searching for the man who shot Parsons.

Hovis says it's important to remember Parsons, and also to remember others in law enforcement around the world that protect and serve.

The chief says everyone at the event knows how important law enforcement is.

Vendors said they are were to help support Parsons and their brothers in law enforcement.

Events like this make the vendors aware of what safety and maneuverability enhancements can be made to gear for authorities, in order to better assist them in their line of work.

Other vendors on hand were available for agencies, officers, deputies and others to visit with, ask questions and to buy items.

SWAT Agencies on hand included: the Cape Girardeau Police Department, the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, the Fredericktown Police Department, Illinois State Police, the Jefferson County Sheriff Department, the Lee's Summit Police Department, the Nixa Police Department, the Rolla Police Department, St. Louis City - Team A, St. Louis City - Team B and the St. Louis County Police Department.

The event will resume on Sunday for several more tactical events and an awards ceremony.

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