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Fallen MO officers remembered in ceremony

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) -

A Missouri police officer and a Missouri sheriff's deputy who lost their lives in the line of duty during 2014 were remembered Saturday during a ceremony.

The ceremony was held at the Missouri Law Enforcement Memorial on the grounds of the Missouri State Capitol.

Law enforcement families, friends and officers from around the state gathered at the memorial overlooking the Missouri River as the names of Alton Police Officer Eddie Johnson, Jr. and Cedar County Sheriff's Deputy Matthew S. Chism were added to the memorial's Wall of Honor.

Each year the families of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of participate in the ceremony by placing white carnations in a wreath in honor of Missouri's fallen heroes.

Officers from agencies that have lost officers place individual wreaths at the memorial as their names are read aloud.

“There is no greater service or commitment to society than that of Missouri's law enforcement officers who bravely work to preserve peace and protect the vulnerable across our state,” Attorney General Chris Koster said. “Each year, this ceremony reminds us of the terrible price these officers willingly bear and their families endure to ensure a safer Missouri.”

“Each day across Missouri, law enforcement officers put on a badge not knowing the risks they'll face in order to carry out their oath to keep this state's communities safe,” said Department of Public Safety Director Lane Roberts. “Today, we honor our state's fallen heroes who paid the ultimate price for their service and remember the families they left behind.”

On Friday, May 1, a candlelight vigil was held at the memorial in remembrance of all Missouri law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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