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Rhodes lights a Memorial Tree to honor fallen officers

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Rhodes continues this tradition as a way to show their condolences to the families of the fallen officers that will not be home to spend Christmas with them this year. Rhodes continues this tradition as a way to show their condolences to the families of the fallen officers that will not be home to spend Christmas with them this year.
There are 137 names on the sign, which is the same number as all of last year. There are 137 names on the sign, which is the same number as all of last year.

Rhodes State puts up a holiday reminder for the men, women, and dogs in law enforcement who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

This is the fourth year the Criminal Justice Department lit a memorial tree with blue lights and placed a sign next to it with a list of all of the police, correction, and K-9 officers who died in the line of duty nationwide from the start of 2018. There are 137 names on the sign, which is the same number as all of last year. Unfortunately, that number could rise in the remaining weeks of the year, and students and teachers use the tree as a reminder of just how dangerous their job can be. 

"Seeing the officers killed in the past year puts a reminder in my head of what I am getting into and the respect I have had for the job and always being on your toes and being here for the fallen officers is really important, so everybody else can remember them as well,” said Bradley Beemer, Rhodes Criminal Justice Program student.

"Society in general kind of forgets that these people are out there working when we are home in our pajamas or whatever so it’s a nice way to reflect on the sacrifices we make in our line of work," said Jim Seaman, Rhodes Criminal Justice Department Chair and Assistant Professor. 

Rhodes continues this tradition as a way to show their condolences to the families of the fallen officers that will not be home to spend Christmas with them this year. 

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