(LEX 18)– Five officers in Kentucky died in the line of duty last year and the State Police Commissioner said that is five too many.
The Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police held its Annual Memorial Service on Monday.
Pikeville Officer Scotty Hamilton and Louisville Metro Detective Deidre “Dee Dee” Mengedoht were two of the five Kentucky officers killed on the job last year.
A red carnation was placed in a vase in their honor Monday.
The State Police Commissioner reminded everyone of the ultimate sacrifice that the officers paid.
“These are brothers and sisters who get up in the morning, put on a badge and a gun to look harm in its eye. There’s no thought of themselves. They serve to protect all of us,” said State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders.
Sanders also said that officers are facing increasing violence and disrespect, which is leading to more deaths.
He said that needs to end.