The Lynchburg Police Department honored its officers killed in the line of duty with a wreath-laying ceremony outside the Public Safety Building in downtown Lynchburg on Wednesday in honor of National Police Week.
The ceremony also included the reading of the names of the four LPD officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, the last being Oct. 10, 1933.
The main speaker, retired LPD Deputy Chief Eugene Wingfield, spoke about the current attitude toward police around the country during a week meant to honor the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers.
"A very small percentage of people in this country are screaming the loudest, demanding the defunding or abolishment of law enforcement," Wingfield said. "I cannot imagine living in any community that did not have law enforcement."
Wingfield spoke highly of the LPD, saying the department has an administration that holds itself and its officers to the highest ethics and standards, and that Lynchburg is fortunate to have that.
Police Chief Ryan Zuidema concluded the ceremony by saying, "Our community's safety can come at a painful price. Please remember the families of those that have served and those that continue to do so. We must ensure these sacrifices are not in vain, support our officers and support each other."