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Memorial Honors fallen officers

Posted at 8:25 AM, May 08, 2018

The 25th Annual Peace Officers Memorial was held on the steps of the state Capitol.

The event honors officers who died last year.

FOX 47's Cryss Walker spoke with one officer's widow who says the event brings comfort to the families left behind.

Monday night hundreds of officers from across the state gathered to celebrate the lives of seven Michigan police officers who lost their lives last year in the line of duty.

The sound of bag pipes serenaded the hearts of families, partners and friends of fallen officers.

Denise Scarborough knows the feeling all too well.

On February 9, 2005 she lost her husband Michael who was a sergeant with the Wayne County Airport Authority.

“He and his partner were going out to weapons training, they were traveling on I-94 and he was a passenger in a police vehicle and they hit black ice and slid into a utility pole”, Scarborough explained.

“In the middle of I-94 on his side and he died from his injuries at the hospital later that day.”

For 25 years Michigan Concerns of Police Officers Survivors, also known as MI-COPS, has celebrated the lives of fallen officers with their Annual Peace Officers Memorial Service.

We like to hear their names, we like to hear people speak about them”, said Scarborough.

“We don't want them to be forgotten.”

Making this memorial special to survivors who share the same pain.

To date, the Michigan Concerns of Police Officers Survivors says almost 600 officers have lost their lives in the line of duty across the state.