Honoring fallen Kern County law enforcement officers

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Local law enforcement paid tribute to fellow officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Two events were held in Bakersfield today in honor of National Peace Officers week.

The day started with a memorial service for Bakersfield Police officers who have lost their lives while serving and protecting our community.

Dozens of men and women in uniform as well as community members showed up to pay tribute.

Since 1903 eight officers from BPD have died, the most recent Officer David Nelson who was killed in June of 2015 when his cruiser slammed into a wall in Northeast Bakersfield during a pursuit.

BPD Chief Lyle Martin says today's memorial reminds officers and the community why they wear the badge.

“Sometimes we don't really think about what we are going to do and how we are going to do it we go out and we run toward gun fire we run towards danger and we serve the public and unfortunately occasionally somebody has to make the ultimate sacrifice and they do that selfishly,” said Martin.

Meantime, another emotional ceremony held in honor of all Kern County law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

It was held at the Liberty Bell a few hours after BPD's event.

It was filled with members of the police, California Highway Patrol and the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

Since 1873, 31 sworn in deputies and volunteers have been killed in the line of duty.

For some of the loved left behind, attending this event has become tradition.

Carrie Hudnall’s husband Deputy William "Joe" Hudnall was killed in 2006 by a drunk driver.

“It shows today that people still care they still remember my husband didn't die and just be forgotten it gives us support and encouragement and love from outside sources,” said Carrie Hudnall.

National Peace Officer Week continues until Saturday.

 

During this period of observance, law enforcement officers will wear black mourning bands over their badges.


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