BRYAN COUNTY, OK - Across the country and right here in Texoma, fallen law enforcment officers were honored today.
Fifty-two years ago President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation making May15th Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which that day falls on, as Police Week.
Thursday in Durant, and around the country, people gathered to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their communities.
Each year America sets aside a week to salute the men and women who do the difficult and dangerous job of safeguarding our communities.
As police week continues across the country, local heroes were honored in Southern Oklahoma.
"Just to remember those people and their families that have served us and protected our families over the years. And also talk about the ones that presently serve this county," said James Dunegan, Durant city manager.
The city of Durant recognized officers during a ceremony Thursday at Market Square.
Eleven officers from Bryan County have lost their lives in the line of duty from 1894 to 1998. All of whom were honored for their bravery and going above and beyond the call of duty.
For one Bryan County resident, the memorial hits too close to home.
"I've know a lot of guys and we had some bad times. The public needs to support these police officers and some of these people who are going to be honored here today, I know them personally," said Mike Williams, a retired Oklahoma Highway patrolman.
Dunegan, who also worked as a police officer for the city of Dallas, says its a dangerous job. He believes Police Week is just as much about the survivors as it is about remembering the fallen.
"We don't know what the future holds. We've got to be prepared for that. So our departments are well-trained and we have to fund those things. We have to support those ideas and i believe that's important as anything," said Dunegan.
Dunegan said he and the entire city of Durant will always be grateful for the men and women in blue who serve their communities with pride, putting their own lives at risk for the safety of our own.
"That's what we're here tonight for. To honor those who have given their lives serving this county and we will always be praying for their families," said Dunegan.
Several other agencies from around Texoma are also at the nations capitol to honor the fallen officers in their departments.