The man who oversees the Ohio State Highway Patrol came to Lisbon Thursday as a guest speaker at the annual Fallen Peace Officer’s Memorial.
FOP Quaker Lodge 88 hosted the event and luncheon to remember those lost in the line of duty.
Police officials came from all over Columbiana County, as well as surrounding counties.
Every year the FOP honors the family of Officer Michael Hartzell, the Youngstown police officer killed ten years ago.
“It’s not only important to honor the memory and the service and the sacrifice, the ultimate sacrifice that these officers have made, but honor their legacy by making sure that we recommit to supporting law enforcement, first responders, public safety throughout Ohio and throughout the United States,” said Colonel John Borne, superintendent with the Ohio State Patrol.
Fallen officers from around the state were also honored at the memorial. Last year 120 officers died in the line of duty. Two of those were from Ohio.
“We don’t want the memory to die,” said Lt. Donn Beeson, Salem Police Department. “The worst fear a parent has is people will forget their child after they’re gone, and we don’t want people to think that we’ve forgotten the sacrifices that their family members have made.”