The Dublin police department marked this year's Police Memorial Service with a special remembrance of former Dublin detective Erik Gilleland, who died April 5 after a battle with cancer.
The Dublin community held the memorial for law enforcement officers, deputies and troopers in Franklin, Union and Delaware counties at 1 p.m. May 10 at the Dublin police station, 6565 Commerce Parkway.
Among those sharing remarks were Dublin Mayor Greg Peterson, interim police Chief Justin Paez and guest speaker Angela McDowell, president of Get Behind the Badge, an organization that provides emotional and material support to the families of officers killed in the line of duty.
McDowell's husband, Whitehall police officer Terry McDowell, was fatally shot in the line of duty Aug. 24, 2001.
Line-of-duty deaths leave loved ones with questions, and law-enforcement agencies are left to fill gaps, McDowell said.
Survivors have a network of people, agencies and organizations that offer support, she said.
Dublin City Manager Dana McDaniel said he appreciated McDowell's comments about supporting families and is glad the police department each year takes time to reflect and remember fellow officers.
Dublin this month joined the Light Ohio Blue Campaign. On May 15, the city planned to fly its flag at half staff, Peterson said.
Many officers are the heart and soul of their communities, Peterson said, and community members should remember their service throughout the year.
"You are the ones who make our community safe," he said.
Peterson also took time to speak of Gilleland, whom he said always began the memorial ceremony by playing the bagpipes.
Paez said Gilleland was a treasured member of the police department for the last 20 years. The police community misses him daily, he said.