Ceremony honors fallen Missouri officers

Families of the fallen officers placed wreaths at the Memorial Wall.

Missouriâ??s fallen law enforcement officers were honored during an annual ceremony at the State Capitol.

The names of 2 Missouri law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty last year and 2 others were added to the Law Enforcement Memorial Wall. Iberia Police Officer Vernon Winn died of a heart attack while transporting a prisoner in 1997. His family will never forget his bravery.

Steve Winn said, â??Itâ??s days like this that humble you and make you respect what they really did and what they stood for. My dad was the hero of our family. He always was and always will be.â??

Attorney General Chris Koster led a group of dignitaries during the ceremony.

Koster said, â??There are no speeches, no words of consolation that can cure the loneliness left by the death of a loved one.â??

Families of the fallen officers placed wreaths at the Memorial Wall. Bagpipers played Amazing Grace. State troopers fired a 21 gun salute. Dueling trumpets played Taps.

Winn said, â??I love him. I miss him. I think about him often, especially when I look at my children and my grandchildren. I hope I am the same inspiration to them that he was to me.â??

The Memorial Wall has the names of 684 fallen officers who will never be forgotten.

The names of Chesterfield Police Officers Christopher Simmons and Joseph Smith, as well as Railroad Police Officer Edward Bell were also added to the Memorial Wall this year.