WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - To mark the start of National Police Week, the Wichita Falls Police Department remembered officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
City leaders, firefighters, along with WFPD recruits stood outside the police department to honor seven WFPD officers Monday morning.
Kelly Reiff’s uncle, Lieutenant Walter Tommy Collins was one of those officers.
"We came to support my aunt who comes every year to the police memorial," said Reiff.
Lt. Collins was shot and killed while assisting other officers who responded to a call involving a man firing at construction workers.
Till this day, WFPD Chief Manuel Borrego remembers that day.
"We found out that Lt. Collins died of his injuries and it was very tough on the police department, the family, it was tough on the community as a whole," said Chief Borrego.
WFPD Recruit, Michael Crook said this memorial service was a great opportunity to show their respect.
"To the officers that have served before us and have sacrificed everything in the line of duty," said Crook.
During the service, Chief Borrego said in 2018, 163 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in the United States. He said 52 were killed by gunfire.
"We don't forget," said Chief Borrego. "We want families to understand that we will never forget that their loved ones didn't die in vain. That they died for a purpose and that we understand that purpose."
So far this year, in the United States 41 law enforcement officers have died, 18 were killed by gunfire.