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Fallen law enforcement officers honored

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Memphis Police Department took time to honor the fallen officers during a special memorial this week.

As this week marks National Police Memorial Week, it's an appropriate time to honor law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. 

It was a very emotional day for everyone involved in the ceremony, but a necessary day for families of fallen officers to know that their loved ones are never forgotten and the sacrifice of fallen officers will continue to be honored.

One by one the names of local law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty were called, and tears were shed by families and loved ones of those officers attending the moving tribute.

"We are very thankful that they still remember Rupert," Gloria Peete Sheffield said. 

Sheffield's brother, Rupert Peete, was gunned down by a local firefighter in March 2000 as he responded to a house fire. Sixteen years later, the pain of losing her brother, a Shelby County Sheriff's deputy, still runs deep.

"It gets very emotional every year and every year," Sheffield said.

Interim Police Director Michael Rallings spoke at the event Thursday and said it was a necessity to always remember those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

"To stand before you and be able to recognize our heroes," Rallings said. "We can never forget the sacrifices the families have made. We can never allow them to walk alone. We done went through it. We done had the support from someone else. We can give that support to the new people that's coming in."

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