Local law enforcement remember those who have died in the line of duty

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RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - It's National Police Week, and across the nation, communities are honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice as law enforcement.

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On Tuesday morning, several law enforcement agencies in Central Louisiana paid their respects outside of the Rapides Parish Courthouse for the annual memorial ceremony. They were joined by other members of the community and families who have lost loved ones on watch.

Last year, the nation lost 163 officers. Locally, Montgomery Police Department officer, Kirt Ricks, was killed in a car accident on duty.

"Louisiana lost five," said Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton. "This year we've already lost two. It's a way to pay our respects and honor those who have sacrificed - the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities and country safe."

The event concluded with a 21 gun salute and the placement of wreaths on the courthouse steps.

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