More than 100 spectators gathered in the shade of the oaks along Franklin Street on Tuesday morning to mark Tampa Police Department’s remembrance of fallen officers.
“It’s important to remember not how they died but how they lived,” Mayor Bob Buckhorn said.
The ceremony, held outside downtown police headquarters, included a reading of the names of 31 Tampa police officers killed in the line of duty dating as far back as 1895.
“This is a dangerous job,” Buckhorn said. “There are forces of evil out there. ... It’s a tough job, a dangerous job.” Police Chief Eric Ward presided over his first ceremony as chief, having been appointed last year. It has been six years since a Tampa police officer was killed in the line of duty.
“We are a reflection of our community,” Ward said. “The relationship with this community is what keeps our officers safe.”