Fallen officers in Stark County remembered, including K-9 Jethro

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CANTON, Ohio-- Peace officers from departments across Stark County paused Friday to remember their colleagues who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

The gathering was held outside the Stark County Courthouse, at the site of the county's peace officer memorial.

Inscribed on the memorial are names of area peace officers who have died in the line of duty dating back to 1900.

Among them are Captain Dan Stiles of Uniontown who was hit and killed while directing traffic in 2011.

Uniontown Police Chief Harold Britt was there to pay respects.

"These men and women, they dedicate their life to serving the public and when we lose one of them it's like losing a member of the family; it is losing a member of the family," said Britt.

Also remembered was Canton Police Officer Brian Roshong who was shot and killed while trying to apprehend a burglary suspect in 1996.

His parents were in the audience.

"It means so much to us that people still care. They haven't forgotten no matter how many years have passed, and when we see these people attend the ceremony it really does our hearts good because we know they are with us; we are not alone," said David Roshong, himself a retired captain from the Stark County Sheriff's Office.

Officers placed roses at the memorial for each of the lives memorialized there.

They also revealed plans to place a separate memorial nearby honoring the most recent loss, that of Canton Police K9 Jethro.

Jethro was shot and killed while on duty with his handler in January. *More on Jethro here*

Canton Police Chief Bruce Lauver was also in attendance.

"It gives that pause in that busy schedule of life to reflect on what we really do as police officers and safety forces and also the price that is paid," said Lauver.

Dozens of people from the community interrupted their routine to stop and pay respect during the ceremony, which comes at a time when the actions of peace officers around the country seem to be under a microscope.

"As police we are the most visible arm of government and the easiest to blame and possibly at times like this you take the time to reflect, to pause and see what we really do for this community," said Lauver.

"Unfortunately in this day and age right now if a man puts a badge on his chest, it's like painting a target and we are sad to see that happen. We hope that people who care can change the way they feel about law enforcement officers," said David Roshong.

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