Ceremony held to remember fallen members of law enforcement agencies
Day two of the New York State Fair was Law Enforcement Day and members from several agencies across the state gathered for memorial ceremony. As YNN's Erin Clarke tells us, while the ceremony honored fallen officers, family of those officers were also recognized for the sacrifice they make.
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NEW YORK STATE FAIR -- Every day, these men and women put their lives on the line for us.
"Organized crime task force, take downs of drug rings."
Some, like State Police Trooper Amanda Anna, who was honored at the Law Enforcement Memorial Friday, kiss loved ones goodbye and walk out the door never to return.
"She was an incredibly dynamic person. I was at the funeral and the eulogies where absolutely outstanding. She had energy, she had intelligence, she had go to, there was no no in her life, she was out to get the answer," said Rev. Michael Grinnals, Camillus Police Department Chaplain.
The job can be trying on a family. The thought of the unthinkable happening makes parents, children and spouses feel like they're the ones fighting crime.
While loved ones of those who are in law enforcement share the stresses of the job, they also share a bond with others in law enforcement. One that makes them part of a family that offers continuing support.
"Amanda's mother and her son, they all have to have continual support and the New York State Police are incredibly good about supporting their own," Grinnals said.
Because once one becomes a member of law enforcement, it's an unspoken rule that their family will always be viewed as a member of the brotherhood and taken care of.
"When they use the term fraternal order of police it's very, very true," said Grinnals.
It's the final act of protecting and serving these officers can provide for their loved ones.