Shreveport police hold memorial ceremony for peace officers killed in the line of duty
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - On Wednesday morning members of the Shreveport Police Force gathered to remember those lost in the ArkLaTex and across the nation.
The 2022 Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony was held at 10 a.m. on May 18 in downtown Shreveport. Multiple law enforcement agencies in the Shreveport-Bossier area participated in the ceremony.
The ceremony was held to pay respect to officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Several law enforcement agencies from the state attended the ceremony, along with family members of fallen officers. Shreveport Police Chief Wayne Smith said the ceremony allows him to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
“It’s actually really uplifting and encouraging, especially during those times when you get sad not having your loved one here and not being able to pick up the phone,” said Alisha Robinson.
Robinson said the ceremony is personal for her.
“I’m here to honor my father. He lost his life in the line of duty in 1993. I just come every year to kind of remember the sacrifice that he and the other officers made,” she said.
Shreveport Police Chief Wayne Smith said the ceremony is bittersweet for him.
“Each time a memorial service comes about and their name is called out, I visualize it in just an unbelievable way. I can see their happy faces and I can see their demise, so it’s extremely difficult for me. It is so important that we do this to memorialize those who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice,” he said.
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