Fallen Kentucky officers among 252 honored in Washington, D.C.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKYT) - Six fallen Kentucky law enforcement officers were among 252 names added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. this week.

Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis, Nicholasville Police Officer Burke Rhoads, Bullitt County Detention Center Lt. Clifford Travis, and Kentucky State Police Troopers Eric Chrisman, Blake Tribby, and Cameron Ponder all had their names engraved on the wall not far from the National Mall.

This is National Police Week and thousands of police officers from across the country have gathered in the nation's capital to support each other and to remember the fallen.

At a candlelight vigil Friday evening, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson expressed sadness for the fallen.

“ This year we commemorate the deaths of 252 law enforcement officers. Each year, the list is too long," he said.

United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch talked about the sacrifices officers make each day.

"Every day, the men and women in this nation’s law enforcement services put themselves in harm’s way, in order to secure our communities, to defend our values, and to make real the promise of liberty and justice for all," she said.

National Police Week culminates Sunday morning with a memorial service and wreath-laying.



 
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