Annual police parade honors fallen officers

 By: ABC6 News Staff

There was a great turnout Sunday for annual Aquidneck Island National Police parade. The event, now in its 32nd year, honors fallen officers across New England.

Last year 127 law enforcement officers were killed across the country. Among those who died in the line of duty were two Rhode Islanders. The loss of a brother or sister never gets easier and Sunday the feeling was very real.

“Last night we had a tragedy in New York City with young patrolmen, a detective who was shot and he’s in critical condition. So all those officers here today, they got that news while they were here and that’s been weighing heavy on them so our prayers are with all of those officers,” said Sgt. Corey Huck, parade chairman.

The gathering also honored the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Fraternal Order of Police by two Pittsburgh patrol officers.

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