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Honoring officers' ultimate sacrifices

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - Downtown Chattanooga's Market Street was closed Thursday night as area law enforcement, friends and family remembered those officers who have paid the ultimate price to serve and protect.

The Chattanooga Police Department and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office jointly hosted the annual memorial to eulogize those slain in the line of duty.

Thursday night's somber ceremony included 61 roses, placed at the downtown memorial.
Each rose representing a local law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty.

Allison Chapin, the daughter of the late Sergent James "Tim" Chapin, was the event's featured speaker.

"I'm just really thankful for this opportunity to speak and to honor him and other officers and just to give encouragement because I can give it.  I'm thankful I can do it as a survivor and just hope I can help someone else," said Chapin afterward.

"These families never forget," said Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond. " And I think the citizens of this county ought to know the men and women who keep them safe every night are honored here at this very prestigious location."

More than 20,000 officers have died in the line of duty since 1791.
On average, a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 57 hours.

Sheriff Hammond says he hopes Sgt. Donald Bond, who was killed in the line of duty in September of 2001, is the last such casualty of his department.
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