Law enforcement from across Knox County paid tribute Monday to fellow officers who passed away in the last year.

Families of the officers placed a flower in memory of their loved ones at a memorial wreath. The event honored 13 service members from the Knoxville Police Department, Knox County Sheriff's Office, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

THP Sergeant Lowell Russell gave the memorial address.

"Today and every day, let's remember those officers and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice. They died for law, for order, for justice, and for peace. They were american heroes," said Sgt. Russell.

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Sgt. Russell was hurt in the line of duty more than two yeas ago. A fiery crash on interstate 40 almost killed him. He had to learn to walk and talk again.

Nationally, May 15th is designated "National Peace Officers' Memorial Day". and the week of that holiday is known as "National Police Week."

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