SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Peace officers from across southwest Missouri gathered in Springfield today to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
135 law enforcement officers have fallen in the line of duty this past year.
They were remembered today at the peace officers memorial at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Springfield.
Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams says this service also honors those injured in the line of duty, like Retired Springfield Officer Aaron Pearson, who was shot in the head.
He was a guest speaker today.
“She said I wasn’t able to speak or walk ever, possibly, but after the 11th day I was finally able to talk to my daughter and everything happened, so after three and a half years now, everything changed,” Pearson said.
“This is a chance for people who aren’t able to travel to those things, both state and national services, pay their respects and recognize the sacrifice here locally and it’s evolved into a fantastic event for everyone to come together and do that,” Williams said.
Today’s memorial was open to the public.
This week is also National Police Week.