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2:19 PM, May 17, 2013   |    comments
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Police officers who have been killed in the line of duty are being remembered across the country this week, in observance of National Police Week.

In Nashville, the Tennessee Highway Patrol held their annual Memorial Service at the department's headquarters in Nashville.

Since the establishment of the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 1929, 41 troopers have died in the line of duty.

Trooper Ronnie Hale died on July 6, 2012 in while on duty in White County in the Cookeville District. Trooper Hale suffered a heart attack in his patrol car. Trooper Hale died while being transported to the hospital by emergency medical personnel.

Trooper Michael Slagle died January 25, 2013 while on duty in Knox County in the Knoxville District. Trooper Slagle died from what appears to have been natural causes after he crashed on an icy road. He was discovered unresponsive and was unable to be revived at the scene.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 40 officers have died in the line of duty this year, including Trooper Slagle from Tennessee.

"These men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice. They are in our thoughts and prayers every day. We can never repay their families for their service to our state and to our country, but we can honor them and promise to never forget their sacrifice," Commissioner Gibbons said.

In Knoxville, local agencies, including KPD and KCSO held the annual Knoxville-Knox County Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the Civic Coliseum.  All law enforcement agencies from the Knoxville area will remember the service of peace officers who passed away from May 2012 until the present.

Families of the officers were escorted to a memorial wreath where they placed a flower in memory of their loved ones.

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