They put their lives on the line to protect all of us... Tuesday night across the country... police officers killed in the line of duty were honored.
Families and friends of fallen officers show up to this event every year. It's part of the healing process. Tuesday night, in Huntington we spoke with a family who makes this event a tradition... and it's inspiring a new generation. Every year, Jamie Harmon Murphy comes to the police memorial service in Huntington.
She was a little over a year old when her father, Paul Harmon was killed on the job back in the early 80's.
"Everyone appreciated and accepted him. It makes me proud.. of who he is."
Jamie's son, Aryn has heard a lot about his late grandfather... and wants to follow in his footsteps.
"I think my papaw was a good man and didn't want to die. I'm taking his place."
While Huntington's police department recognized a fallen officer... in Ashland, they awarded officers and civilians for helping protect their community.
At a special ceremony... Kathy Donnely got the civilian award for calling police when she saw two men breaking into a neighbors home.
She says it pays to be involved...
"I'd do it again... not just for the award."
Two services... recognizing those who helped protect in the past and present. Flags were lowered across the country for today's memorial services.. to remember the 18-thousand law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty in our nation's history.
A final note: if Aryn Harmon does become a police officer... he's been promised to wear his grandfather's badge number.