Officers killed, injured in line of duty honored by nation, state

INDIANAPOLIS - Law enforcement officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty were honored by the nation and the state of Indiana.

Gov. Mike Pence ordered that flags at state facilities be flown at half-staff Thursday in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day, which honors federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.

Some former troopers said they come back year after year for the ceremony.

"These people gave their lives to make things safer for you and me and I want to show my appreciation and respect for them. So I come back here every year to do this,"  former Indiana State Police Trooper Joe Waggoner said.

"It's a lot of sadness but it's a lot of good memories that we want to continue on with those families and let them know that they're always going to be in our hearts and remembered," ISP Sgt. Rich Myers said.

President Obama signed a proclamation ordering flags nationwide to be flown at half-staff on Thursday.

A national ceremony honored fallen officers from across the country. Officer Rod Bradway was among the officers honored in Washington, D.C.

IMAGES: Officer Rod Bradway honored in DC

Bradway's name was engraved on the granite walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Bradway's widow, son and daughter were there for the national ceremony.

The Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police raised the money to send Bradway's family to Washington for the ceremony by selling memorial T-shirts.

Pence also asked businesses and residents to lower their own flags to half-staff to pay tribute to men and women in law enforcement across Indiana and our nation. Flags were to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset.

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