Memorial Ceremony completes National Police Week

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Police officers from around the Tri-state were in Cincinnati Friday for the annual Police Memorial Ceremony.

While the men and women in blue were reminded of the dangers of the job, they face a new threat in the form of layoffs.

Police Chief James Craig says the ceremony was held to honor the memory of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"It personally touches me. I lost a friend. The first LAPD SWAT officer to die in the line of duty [was] my best friend," said Craig.

Craig believes it's important to keep the memory of fallen officers alive through the annual parade, the annual memorial service and recognizing officers like Ben Schneider who display uncommon valor.

"It's a great honor, but you know we got to remember police are doing this everyday out here as well as our soldiers overseas," said Schneider.

Much like soldiers, police are trained to deal with danger, but not layoffs.

Vice Officer Adrian Miller says layoffs have been threatened during each of the five years he's worn the badge.

"It wasn't really a big shock because I've been down this road before," said Miller.

Miller says he's sacrificed a lot for such little job security.

"It's almost a slap in the face, but I guess the city has to do what they have to do, which is unfortunate for me and my co-workers," said Miller.

It's also unfortunate for Adrian's family.  His wife just had a baby six weeks ago, so Adrian says finances may be tight for a while.

"I'm on a budget and that's been taken away from me at the drop of a dime, so now I have to be creative and pinch some pennies and see what's going to happen," he said.

Officer Miller admits the constant threats of layoffs do make him question his career choice, but he says what keeps him coming to work day after day is the knowledge that he is making a difference.

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