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28 Peace Officers honored during memorial service on Friday

By Jaclyn Rostie, Reporter, j.rostie@krdo.com
Published On: May 10 2013 02:59:40 PM CDT
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Twenty-eight Peace officers who died in the line-of-duty were honored during a special memorial day service at America the Beautiful Park.

Both Sheriff Terry Maketa and Police Chief Peter Carey made some remarks.  We try to make sense of it all, the fact is it doesn't make sense," said Maketa.

Dr. George Hertner was the keynote speaker. 

"It's a day we take to remember them, their life and the sacrifice they make for the community," said Mikel Baker.  Baker and her husband both work in law enforcement and know everyday on the job can be risky.

"My husband and I say every night he goes on shift. 'have fun, stay safe and come  home,'" said Baker.

For Springs Police officer Timothy Ives, his dad, Dennis Ives, was among the peace officers being memorialized.

"It's a calling more than anything else.  I don't do it for money, it's a calling to help," said Ives.

Ives said that is why he followed his dad's footsteps and will always remember and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

The ceremony also included the U.S. Honor Flag that was flown in from Miami. 

Among those honored were Matthew Tyner, the Colorado Springs Police officer who died last July.

Maketa also pushed to create a permanent memorial for the peace officers.

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