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Western Massachusetts police honor those killed on duty

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The Western Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association held its annual police memorial day service Wednesday morning.

The event is held to honor the law enforcement officials who lost their lives in the line of duty.

There are 47 officers whose names are enshrined on the police memorial monument which is located in front of the Western Massachusetts Police Academy.

"It's a way of thanking them and we need for the public to do more of that, to respect them for the job that they do because every day they don't know what they are up against," said Doris Beauregard-Shecrallah, whose husband Alain Beauregard was killed in the line of duty working as a Springfield police officer. She now works for an organization that supports families of first responders killed.

The Western Massachusetts Chiefs of Police memorial day service is in its 26th year.

Law enforcement officials say they are thankful that no new names had to be added to the memorial this year.

Meanwhile, the Springfield Police Department held its national police week ceremony Wednesday afternoon.

Officers and families honored the 17 Springfield police officers who have given their lives while protecting the citizens of the city.

Their names were called during the ceremony and appear on the monument in front of the department.

"We try and be very solemn in the way that we honor so there's some pain attached to this, but at the same time we try to do the right thing and honor their sacrifice," said Springfield police Commissioner William Fitchet.

Law enforcement say it is imperative that they remember their brothers and sisters in blue every year.

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