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JSO Remembers Fallen Officers

Kevin Meerschaert

Local officials gathered with families of Jacksonville Sheriff's Office officers who have died in the line of duty for Police Memorial Day today.

The memorial is held every year to honor the fallen. 60 officers have lost their lives on duty in Jacksonville history.

Due to rainy weather, the public ceremony, usually held on Bay Street in front of the Police Memorial Building, was moved inside.

The JSO Honor Guard performed a 21-gun salute. Sheriff John Rutherford and Fraternal Order of Police President Steve Amos placed a memorial wreath in remembrance.

Rutherford says officers know they can be putting their lives in danger every day.

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Credit Kevin Meerschaert
This display was front and center during a Chapel Service for the families of fallen JSO officers.

  He says all police officers share a bond that if they are called to make the ultimate sacrifice, their names will never be forgotten.

The names of the 60 are on display at the Sheriff's office, all substations and at the Fraternal Order of Police Headquarters.

Prior to the public ceremony family members of the fallen participated in a Chapel Service to commemorate their loved ones.            

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.