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Memorial service for fallen law enforcement officers

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Sergeant Vernon Baker was an Oklahoma City police officer for 30 years. During those years, at least four of his fellow officers were killed in the line of duty.

"I'd drink coffee with them, we'd partner together"

And just like that, everything can change.

 "Just to get that call that something's happened, we have an officer down, there's no way I can describe it"

After he moved to Delaware County, he noticed there was no organized way of honoring fallen law enforcement officers in the area. So he and his wife Lora created this service.

"It's a selfless job that they have. And the ones that were killed in the line of duty and lost in the line of duty, they gave their lives for us as citizens. And so I think it's important to honor them and give them the respect they deserve" says Lora Baker, who's mother was a Tulsa police officer and has several other family members in law enforcement.

And to hopefully give families who have lost somebody, time to be together, and comfort in knowing their loved ones are still remembered.

"I hope it brings them some people and helps them to realize their loved ones are not forgotten" 
 
Honored attendees placed a red rose for officers injure, another added to the star display for those disabled, one for officers lost to suicide, individual roses for those killed in the line of duty, and a final rose representing those still serving and putting their lives on the line.
"If you think about it, there's no greater love a man can show than when he lays down his life for someone else"
Sergeant Baker recommends simply thanking a law enforcement officer for what they do the next time you see one. He hopes to have another memorial service next year.

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