LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The City of Lafayette had a service of its own to honor fallen officers today.
Local police, city and county officials joined together on Memorial Island at Columbian Park. The service is all a part of Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week.
Kassie Koontz, the widow of fallen Howard County deputy Carl Koontz spoke at today's service. She says her mission is to honor her husband by telling his story. She appreciates all the support.
"You would never think that the community would be behind you when something like this happens. It has proved to me time and time, over and over again that they aren't leaving us," Koontz said.
Even though telling her husband's story is her mission, she said it's still difficult.
"It is tougher. Reality hits back that your husband isn't here, but it also helps knowing that I can still get his story out there and he's not here," Koontz said.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15th to honor all federal, state and local officers who were killed.