Winona law enforcement honor fallen officers during memorial service

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) — This week is Law Enforcement Memorial Week, and it’s important to reflect on those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Winona law enforcement held a memorial service for fallen officers, including three from Winona County, Wednesday.

Winona police, county authorities and other agencies paid their respects at the service.

Officers wore black stripes on their badges to commemorate those who have fallen in the line of duty.

“Today is ultimately for the law enforcement officers who have provided that ultimate sacrifice,” Winona Police Chief Tom Williams said. “They go to work every single day of the week. They work different hours, they work weekends, they work holidays to try and prevent anything bad from happening, and for keeping all of us safe.”

Data show 616 officers across the country were killed in the line of duty last year.

On average, a law enforcement officer is killed every 54 hours.

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