AKRON, Ohio-- They took an oath "to protect and serve” and their service and sacrifice are not forgotten.
The Akron Police Department held its annual police memorial Wednesday. They recognized 25 Akron officers and one Kenmore deputy marshal who all died in the line of duty.
There was an honor roll call for each officer -- from Deputy Marshal Arthur Doubledee who died one hundred years ago -- to Akron Officer Justin Winebrenner who was shot and killed in November 2014.
“The officers who have fallen in Akron-- it is a great tribute. I think we are one of the greatest fraternities that honor our fallen. And, we will continue to do that. We don’t let them be forgotten,” Rob Winebrenner, father of Officer Justin Winebrenner said.
Thirty-three officers have died in the line of duty in the United States so far this year. Half of them died by gunfire.
The National Police Officers Memorial Week is observed from May 15- 21 with services concluding at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.