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Tri-State honors fallen police officers

Preparations are underway for a memorial service honoring fallen law enforcement officers Downtown. (FOX19 NOW/Megan O'Rourke) Preparations are underway for a memorial service honoring fallen law enforcement officers Downtown. (FOX19 NOW/Megan O'Rourke)
The eternal flame burns bright at the police memorial on Ezzard Charles Drive at Central Parkway. (FOX19 NOW/Megan O'Rourke) The eternal flame burns bright at the police memorial on Ezzard Charles Drive at Central Parkway. (FOX19 NOW/Megan O'Rourke)
The last Cincinnati police officer to die in the line of duty was District 5 Officer Kevin Crayon in 2000. (FOX19 NOW/Megan O'Rourke) The last Cincinnati police officer to die in the line of duty was District 5 Officer Kevin Crayon in 2000. (FOX19 NOW/Megan O'Rourke)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - National Police Week kicks off in the Tri-State Monday with an annual service and march Downtown honoring those made the ultimate sacrifice and died in the line of duty.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers from agencies across the region and their supporters are expected to attend the 11 a.m. event on Fountain Square. 

Keynote speaker will be Cincinnati City Councilman Christopher Smitherman. Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, Mayor John Cranley and City Manager Harry Black also are expected to participate.

Then, the crowd will march up Vine Street to Central Parkway to Ezzard Charles Drive. A ceremony at the Cincinnati Police Memorial will include the changing of the guard, Taps, a flyover and 21-gun salute.

Retired Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Detective Bob McLaren, 88, will lay a wreaths at the foot of the memorial's statue. Then, the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society Museum nearby on Reading Road just past Sycamore Street will be open to the public.

Since 1823, 776 Ohio officers have been killed in the line of duty. More than 100 have served in Hamilton County.

This year's event has a special poignancy in light of the recent killing of officers in New York City and Hattiesburg, Missouri, amid an anti-police backlash following officer-involved deaths in Ferguson, Missouri; North Charleston, South Carolina and Baltimore, Maryland.

Throughout the week, daily open houses are scheduled 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at each of the five Cincinnati police districts.  

Residents can officers patrolling their neighborhood and learn more about specialized units such as K-9 and the SWAT team. 

Monday's open house will be held at District 1, 310 Ezzard Charles Dr., West End and Central Business District, 150 E. Freedom Way, Downtown followed by one Tuesday at District 2, 3295 Erie Ave., Hyde Park; Wednesday at District 3, 3201 Warsaw Ave., Westwood; Thursday at District 4, 4150 Reading Rd., Reading and Friday at District 5, 1012 Ludlow Ave., Clifton.
 
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