Law enforcement for the City of Findlay, Hancock County Sheriff's office, and the Ohio State Patrol honored those that gave their lives in the line of duty to protect the public. Guest speaker was Danielle Dressel whose husband, Detective Keith Dressel, was a Toledo police officer and killed in the line of duty in 2007 after being shot by a fourteen year old. Dressel knows the family bond in law enforcement so it was important for her to speak.
Dressel said, "I don't want anyone to be forgotten. What they do everyday they see the worst of people, they see the best of people and they put themselves out there every single day. They're walked on and so for them to die in vain would be horrible so I'm happy to be here, I want their memory to be honored as it should."
The City of Findlay read off the names of officer Will Holley, Captain Allen McGown, and officer Frank Arther. The State Highway Patrol also reads three names, Sgt. John Best, Trooper Joel Miller, and Trooper David Sterner. The sheriff's department has not lost an officer in it's existence dating back to the 1800's.
Executive Chaplain for the Hancock law enforcement, Terry McBaeth, said "I think that security for our community is vital. There's something wonderful about knowing that you can go to bed at night in our community and know that there are men and women out there willing to give their lives to make sure you can sleep."
"It's a big deal for me because one of the things that I don't want to happen is for officers to be forgotten for what they have sacrificed." said Dressel.
Last year the united states 166 officers in the line of duty and 6 of them were from the state of Ohio.