Police officer memorial service held in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Law enforcement officers from all over southwest Missouri have been responding to storms over the past few days, But they took time today to honor those officers fallen in the line of duty.

Dozens of officers gathered at the ‘Praise Assembly of God” in Springfield for the annual Peace Officers Memorial Service. 

It’s a day to pay tribute to the local, state and federal peace officers who died in the line of the duty. 

163 officers died in 2018. Each of their names was read during a roll call. 

Three of those were from southwest Missouri, including Clinton police officer Christopher Ryan Morton and Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Roberts. 

Sheriff Jim Arnott was the keynote speaker and talked about the difficulty of losing one of his officers.

“Not just in the message that I brought but also because this is where we had the funeral for Aaron. So, it brings back a lot of emotions. Some of that we just never lose anyway. But, it’s good to have everyone together and honor, not only Aaron’s life but the other 162 officers that died in the line of duty.”

Aaron Roberts died while responding to a 911 hang-up call last year. 

His squad car was swept into flooded waters. 

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