DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A solemn roll call Friday at Dayton’s Riverscape. It was part of a program to honor law enforcement members who lost their lives.
The walk through downtown was long and emotional. Scores of law enforcement made their way to Riverscape for the 8th annual program to honor fallen comrades killed in the line of duty.
One touching tribute was given by the niece of Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Randal Richter. He was 23 years old in 1975 when he was shot in the face after answering a call.
Angela Osborne said every time an officer leaves home, the family knows he or she may not come home again. Those words made an impression on the graduating police academy class at Sinclair Community College. Members of that class, including Stephen Rose attended Friday’s memorial ceremony.
“I have a wife and child on the way. There is a possibility that I might not come home, my wife knows that,” he said.
The memorial roll call included the names of officers who died on the job from 1880 to the last, Dayton police officer Mary Beall in 2002.