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Siouxland officers commemorate the men and women who died in the line of duty

Memorial service for fallen officers

The wet weather forced this year's memorial service for fallen law enforcement officers to be moved indoors.

But that didn't dampen the seriousness of this solemn occasion.

A memorial service paying tribute to the fallen officers in Siouxland and across the nation.

More than 150 people were at the City of Sioux City's Council Chambers, gathered to remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

"It's a great tribute to those who have fallen. It's nice to have the families here," said Kirsten "Kris" Hermann.

"And to have the community show up like that have today, show their support, it's good for us, it's good for morale," said Penny Rosson.

Families of the fallen officers, also commemorating their lost loved ones.

The service is part of National Police Week, where departments and law enforcement agencies dedicate an entire week to honor all officers. Officials said about 11 officers in Siouxland have fallen in the line of duty dating back to the early 1900s. Keynote speaker Charlie Stone, a former officer, was also recognized for his years of service.

"I came here feeling humble and proud to even be invited," said Stone.

The memorial service was later followed by an award ceremony for Sioux City Police Officers and Woodbury County Sheriff's Deputies.

"We'll honor those individual deputies that have earned service," said Drew.

"It's an opportunity to recognize them publicly and kind of them kind them a reward for the hard work they do for the past year," said Young.

Following the memorial service, the police department held its awards ceremony at city hall. And the sheriff's office held its awards ceremony at the courthouse.

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