MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Dozens gathered in Marietta to honor law enforcement lost over the last year.
Law enforcement agencies in Washington county kicked off National Police Week with the annual fallen heroes ceremony at the city building. The memorial honors the lives lost in the line of duty here and across the country.
In addition to Marietta Police and Washington County Sheriffs Office, Marietta College Police also laid a memorial wreath this year. Representatives from Belpre Police also attended the ceremony.
"Most people don't realize what police officers go through or how we think, or how we operate, or why we do the things that we do," Marietta College Police Chief James Weaver said. "There is a reason for everything that we do."
"It's not just to be the bad guys...It's not to inconvenience someone's day. It really is about changing lives and about making a positive impact on the community."
In 2018, 158 officers died in the line of duty.
The ceremony ended with a second wreath laying at the Washington County Sheriff's criminal division office on Fourth Street.