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Procession Honors Fallen Detroit Police Officers

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The patch on a Detroit Police Tactical Operations Officer's jacket, as he marches in the procession to honor fallen Detroit Police Officers. (Credit: WWJ Photo/ Marie Osborne)

The patch on a Detroit Police Tactical Operations Officer’s jacket, as he marches in the procession to honor fallen Detroit Police Officers. (Credit: WWJ Photo/ Marie Osborne)

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DETROIT (WWJ)- The Detroit Police Department’s Chaplain Corps held its 12th Annual Interfaith Candlelight Vigil Service, followed by their 38th Annual Interfaith Memorial Service, to honor officers who were killed on the job.

It began at 8:00 am Friday at Campus Martius in downtown Detroit and ended at the Historic St. Mary’s Church in Greektown, where a special service was scheduled.

The service was followed by a breakfast at the International Banquet and Conference Center on Monroe St.

In addition to those killed on the job, the event also honors those who have died after serving in the police department.

A Detroit resident has been attending the event for years, to remember her father who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 1971, when she was just six months old.

“Anyone who wears this uniform and loses their life in the line of duty, I mean there’s nothing… this is just a small figment of what we can do to acknowledge, but there’s no greater gift that one can give in their life, and we just try to acknowledge that any way we can,” she said.

Chief Ralph L Godbee, Jr. was also on hand for the service at the Historic St. Mary’s Church.

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