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Annual tribute honors fallen Missoula law enforcement officers

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This year's memorial service comes days after a Montana deputy was shot to death near Three Forks. (MTN News photo) This year's memorial service comes days after a Montana deputy was shot to death near Three Forks. (MTN News photo)
The annual Police Week memorial is an emotional reflection on the service of our uniformed officers. (MTN News photo) The annual Police Week memorial is an emotional reflection on the service of our uniformed officers. (MTN News photo)
The memorial service is held each year at the Rose Memorial Garden in Missoula. (MTN News photo) The memorial service is held each year at the Rose Memorial Garden in Missoula. (MTN News photo)
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Missoula County's annual Police Week memorial is an emotional reflection on the service of our uniformed officers, some of whom have selflessly given the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. 

That message sounded an even more meaningful note as Missoula County Sheriff TJ McDermott offered his first thoughts on the death of a Montana deputy. 

Missoula County law enforcement officers gathered at the Missoula Rose Garden to honor the brave men and women who have fallen in the line of duty, and to recognize the achievements of officers over the last year. 

The ceremony came just days after the fatal shooting of Broadwater County Sheriff’s deputy Mason Moore near Three Forks.

"It just put things into perspective about how dangerous the job of a law enforcement officer is,” Sheriff McDermott said on Thursday evening. "But I have to tell you, I'm so proud of the officers that responded from multiple agencies to a very dangerous and life-threatening situation, and because of their actions two suspects were apprehended."

Roses were left on the memorial, symbolic of the love felt by officers for their fallen brothers and sisters in arms.

"Just to let those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and those who have gone before know that what they have done is not in vain, and that we are here to pay tribute, we are here to remember them, and to continue the tradition and standards that they have set forth before us," said Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Carl Ward.

Officers who went above and beyond the call of duty throughout the year were also recognized for their work.

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