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Memorial Services Held To Pay Tribute To Those Killed In Line Of Duty

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Memorial Services Held To Pay Tribute To Those Killed In Line Of Duty

CREATED May 14, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Only days after losing one of their own, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department paid tribute to the officers who have died in the line of duty.

Hundreds of law enforcement and community members attended the annual memorial service Wednesday at First Baptist Church in downtown Nashville. Musical tributes were provided by several members of the police department.

Mayor Karl Dean along with Police Chief Steve Anderson spoke in honor the 44 police officers who have lost their lives since 1875, including Officer Michael Petrina who was killed Saturday.

The 25-year-old officer died Saturday after he was hit by a trailer while directing traffic on I-65. Flags across the state flew at half-staff Tuesday to honor him.

A visitation will be held Wednesday in his hometown of Germantown, a Memphis suburb. Officer Petrina’s funeral will be held on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Rutherford County held their own memorial service. It honored nine Rutherford County officers who have died on the job since 1942. They also observed a moment of silence in honor of Officer Petrina.

Goodlettsville will also hold a memorial service for those killed in the line of duty on Thursday, May 22. It will be held on the front lawn of City Hall at noon.

The services are part of National Police Week, which was established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962. The week, which includes Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.