WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In Wilmington, law enforcement gathered to honor those killed in the line of duty.
111 and 45; numbers Police Chief Ralph Evangelous says we must remember. 111 is the number of officers killed in the line of duty in 2013, and 45 is the number of officers killed this year.
Evangelous says this memorial not only represents our fallen officers, but those serving as well.
Reid Larson says he came to represent his step great-grandfather John Bell.
“He was killed in the line of duty while raiding a liquor still in 1926,” Larson explained. “Even though he was my step-great-grandfather, he was the only grandfather my dad knew.”
He says his dad, who came to the memorial dedication in 2011, died last year. So, since his father could not attend, he came in his place.