Hundreds of officers, deputies and loved ones attended an annual ceremony in Woodlake Park on Thursday to remember Sacramento law enforcement killed in the line of duty.
Colleagues remembered those who payed the ultimate sacrifice with a 21 gun rifle salute, a helicopter fly over and a rose placement ceremony.
Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers said the tribute was a difficult one.
“We hope today is the last day we have to add anyone to this memorial,” said Somers.
One of the officers remembered today was Kevin Tonn, a Galt police officer who was killed last year by a suspected burglar when he responded to a call.
Tonn’s family says he was a dedicated police officer.
“He lived and breathed being a police officer,” said Will Tonn, Kevin’s father.
Kevin Tonn’s family unveiled his memorial on Thursday and his father hopes it will serve as a reminder to what officers do around the clock.
“The officer that writes you a ticket today, may be the one who lays down their life for you or a family member tonight,” said Tonn.
He hopes to visit the memorial often, to remember the son he deeply misses.
“As Christians we believe we’ll see him in heaven…but we miss him here,” said Tonn.