Today the Wichita Falls Police Department held a special memorial to honor those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting the city.
Since 1791 more than 20,000 officers nationwide have died in the line of duty.
This morning eight different law enforcement agencies came to honor the seven killed in Wichita Falls.
The first in 1927 and the most recent 1989 when Lieutenant Walter Collins was shot while responding to a call of a man firing a rifle at construction workers.
It’s a day that police chief Manuel Borrego says he’ll never forget.
“You go through a strange time when you’ve actually been involved with one of your comrades that’s been killed in the line of duty. It’s a tough time for the department and a tough time for the city when that happens,” Borrego said.
Since the beginning of 2016 alone 35 officers have been killed on duty nationwide.
It’s a number that chief Borrego says is up 55% compared to this same period last year.