GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) (5/15/2019) - A parade of motorcycles, the color guard posting the colors and police officers from around Genesee County came together Wednesday at Flint Memorial Park.
Together they honored and remembered the 19 lives lost in the line of duty from 1923 to 2009 in Genesee County.
"This is an event we do not miss. It's important to be here, it's the memorial that we like to come to," Vida Fisher said.
The Fisher family lost their son and brother on July 16th 2005. Flint Patrolman Owen Fisher was killed in a car accident while he was chasing a suspect.
"Funny as can be, he was so proud to be an officer here in Flint," his sister, Katie MacDonald added.
The 24-year-old had only been on the job for 4 months.
"It meant so much to him to be giving back to a community that he felt so strongly about, having been born and raised here. That it was important; and it is to every single one of these officers, they go into it for all the right reasons to try to make a difference in their community. And, we hope that the community will support them," Vida Fisher said.
This is the 60th year for the Fraternal Order Of Police's Peace Officers' Memorial Day Service.
While Burton Police Chief Michael Odette said the number of line of duty deaths is decreasing from year to year, it's still difficult to hear 42 of his brothers and sisters in blue have passed so far this year.
"It's getting better, they have a long ways to go," he said.
To honor the three officers his department has lost over the years, Chief Odette said every new officer is taken to the memorial on their first day on the job.
"We tell them the story, we take them to the memorial, we take them to the locations in our city where these officers lost their lives, we make sure that we'll never let them forget," he explained.
It's a tradition much like Wednesday's ceremony -- somber, but beautiful.