A United States police officer makes the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty every 53 hours. Friday afternoon, Shreveport, Bossier City, Caddo and Bossier Parishes gathered to remember our officers, troopers and deputies who have been killed.
Thirty-seven men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty in the Shreveport-Bossier area since 1894 were remembered Friday.
Judy Smith recalled the day of May 25, 1966 when her husband went to work and never came home. Judy and her family continue to honor her husband, Kenneth Herriage of the Shreveport Police Department, each year.
"You think I'm going to be strong this time not even going to bring my hankies," she said. "But when I see these men in uniform, and what I think of is this could be their wives here next time."
This year was the first time since 2004 that a new name was added to the list of fallen officers. That officer is Shreveport Police Sgt. Tim Prunty, who was gunned down outside a Shreveport gas station last October.
"It is heart-wrenching," said Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw. "Particularly, I know the family. I knew Sgt. Prunty, worked with him, grew up with him at the P.D."
Officers try and offer support throughout the year to the families who have suffered the devastating loss. "What we do now is try to hold them up, and we've been doing that and we will continue to do that," said Chief Shaw.
"I'm so thankful for them," said Smith. "Any way that people even are appreciative of them or thank them or just give them a smile to encourage them because this is a thankless job, and sometimes the uniform's the target."