Mid-Missouri honors fallen officers during 'National Police Week'

In a series of posts Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F remembers officers killed in the line of duty during 'National Police Week. (MSHP Troop F Twitter)

Mid-Missouri law enforcement are paying tribute to their brothers and sisters in blue during National Police Week May 13-19.

According to Concerns of Police Survivors, the U.S. loses more than 140 law enforcement officers in the line of duty. The week is dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifices of those officers.

During the week members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F visited the graves of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Troopers took the time to pay their respects and share some of their stories.

An officer with the Columbia Police Department attended the national event in Washington, D.C. to honor Molly Bowden. Sgt. Brian Tate placed a shirt, medal and challenge coin near Bowden's memorial.

Just one month ago in April, mid-Missouri lost Miller County Deputy Casey Shoemate. The Lake Ozark Police Department Chief Launderville's wife made beautiful red, white and blue wreaths in honor of police week and Shoemate.

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Police week annually draws in more than 25,000 attendees to the Nation's capitol. Wednesday's event included activities for kids and teens of fallen officers and a relaxing picnic for survivors. Also the Washington Nationals Baseball team hosted Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. To see the full schedule, click here.

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