SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Syracuse Police Department began National Police Week with a wreath-laying ceremony on Monday.
In the shape of a circle, the wreath symbolizes eternity and the never-ending legacy that officers who have died in the line of duty leave on the department.
“Sometimes sacrifice means you don’t make it home for dinner with your family, you don’t get to tuck your kids into bed. Maybe you miss a special event that you otherwise wouldn’t have. But sometimes that sacrifice means the ultimate life in giving up your life for those that you serve. And for that sacrifice, and for all the other sacrifices that everyone in this room makes and everyone that has come before us has made, we say thank you,” Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said.
Since 1893, ten officers have been killed while working for the Syracuse Police Department.
The most recent was Officer Wally Howard, who was killed in 1990.