TYLER, Texas — Law enforcement officials took a moment from their day to recognize the 14 peace officers who died in the line of duty in Smith County as well as across those that died in the state of Texas.
The annual Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony brought together police, deputies and other officials to the Square in downtown Tyler.
The names of all 14 officers were read aloud before a rose was laid at the memorial.
The ceremony is an opportunity for the community to remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice for their community while also recognizing the danger officers put themselves in every day.
"It’s important to recognize and remember them because the job they do is tough," Terri Higdon, widow DPS Trooper Dan Higdon, said. "And my late husband loves his job, and I’m just so grateful to see a lot of people out here today participating in everything."
The names of all of the peace officers killed statewide last year, including five K-9 officers, were read.
The ceremony ended with 21 gun salute, taps being played and a riderless horse to honor the fallen heroes.