MO Honors Police Who Have Died In The Line Of Duty

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KRCG via CNN)-An annual ceremony in Missouri on Saturday drew a large crowd.  Hundreds honored police officers who died while trying to keep others safe.  State leaders and law enforcement officers from across the state joined family members of fallen officers during this annual ceremony.

The name of Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Parsons was added to the list of Missouri law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.  Last December, Deputy Parsons was assisting with loading a woman into an ambulance when her son exited her home and allegedly fatally shot the deputy.

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“It's tough,” said Sgt. Kevin Ahlbrand, President of the Missorui Fraternal Order of Police, “Cops, we don't really think about the dangers we face, but, one of the important things we have to remind ourselves is that we have to look at the stresses that it puts our families and loved ones under. It's amazing, the resiliency and the courage that these families have."

The crowd also honored those who were killed in past years. Families of the fallen and law enforcement agencies from across Missouri joined Governor Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster in placing white carnations in a single wreath honoring al law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty in Missouri.

“It’s just a constant reminder of how dangerous it is out there on the streets and how dangerous it is for our folks in uniform. It's a constant reminder each year of how we need to thank them for what they do,” said Governor Nixon.

State records show that at least one Missouri law enforcement officer has died in the line of duty in each of the last 102 years.

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