Law Enforcement officers around the New River Valley are remembering their fellow officers killed in the line of duty. In Blacksburg, a memorial parade was held this afternoon to pay respect to those in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The parade didn't dampen the mood of officers. They spoke to me about the importance of honoring the courageous officers who gave so much for their community.
Officers from the Blacksburg Police Department put Officer Deriek Crouse front and center as they carried a banner of the fallen officer. He was killed while in duty while on the campus of Virginia Tech.
"Especially with the loss of Officer Crouse recently we really wanted to put something together where we could bring all the officers together from the different areas of the New River Valley and beyond," said Sgt. Nathan O’Dell of the Blacksburg Police Department.
Also remembered were Officer Terry Griffith and Officer Scott Hylton of the Christiansburg Police Department as well as Corporal Eric Sutphin of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department. All were killed in the line of duty.
"You can't ever let them escape our memory they live through us in our dedication and how we honor them because of the sacrifices that they made-- that they did make-- I think it's a badge of courage we have to continue to bear that torch for them and all officers that are wearing the uniform."There were only a few people lining the parade route, perhaps because of the weather. Still, we spoke with people like Ray Roberts and his 12 year old daughter Lauren who say they appreciate what law enforcement officers do. "Just like we consider veterans have given their lives for the United States and our security well this is the home-front security this is Blacksburg and someone has to be here and make us feel safe I've lived in towns like Dallas where I felt like there was a lot of crime and I didn't really feel safe like I do in Blacksburg. Blacksburg is safe because of the great officers that protect us and we just want to show our support today that's why were here" said Roberts.