The South Bend Police Department held a special ceremony tonight to remember those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Dozens of officers gathered in front of the PD headquarters for the memorial service which is held every year in collaboration with FOP Lodge 36.
They were joined by city employees and the public in honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the community.
Officers say the annual event also helps to support the families of their fallen comrades... Showing them that their loved ones haven't been forgotten.
And today's big turnout was encouraging for surviving officers as well.
“It shows support for those officers who go out every day,” said Anthony Dawson with the SBPD. “Officers who go out unselfishly, answer calls, help people who don't like them. Not everybody likes a police officer, but everybody needs their help sometime. And we're willing to help those who don't want us there, and we're there to help others who do want us there.”
This service proceeds the national observance of law enforcement week, which runs from May 12 through May 18.