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Fallen officers honored in ceremony in Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Police Department hosted its annual memorial service for fallen officers on Monday, May 15. (Jessica Albert/NewsChannel 12)

JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - Across the country over the past week, ceremonies were held to honor officers killed in the line of duty.

In Jacksonville on Monday, local police officials and members of the public paid tribute to local law enforcement officers who paid the ultimate price.

"When an officer dies in a community it changes that community forever and I think we need to remember that," JPD Chief Mike Yaniero said. "We need to remember their sacrifice and not just their sacrifice, but their family's sacrifice as well."

Two officers have been killed in the line of duty in the history of the Jacksonville PD. Its officers host a memorial event every year and this year Rep. Phil Shepard (R-Jacksonville) served as the keynote speaker.

Shepard spoke about bills still being debated in the legislature that would benefit police officers, including one that would allow them to retire sooner.

"(With) the sacrifice they give and the stress that they're under, this basically would give them the opportunity to retire after 25 years," he said.

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