Teams of police officers from over 10 states visited Cincinnati to play in the 44th National Police Softball Memorial Tournament Saturday. It was time to enjoy a little softball while remembering fallen heroes throughout the weekend.
Mark Orick of the Dayton Police Department said he was proud to be part of these softball games, but he knows why they play.
"We're here, actually, to show our support for officer Kim and all the other officers who've lost their lives,” said Officer Orick.
The teams supported and honored fallen officers around the nation including Cincinnati Officer Sonny Kim, who died in the line of duty in Madisonville on June 19.
Pierce Township Officer Chris Warner said this day should stress the bond all police officers have.
“It's very important that we stay as a brotherhood and show the community that we are good guys,” said Officer Pierce.
Chelsea Chathcard, who lives in Washington D.C, married in to the police family and said the brotherhood bond among officers is like nothing she's ever seen.
"It's something unique and special,” said Chathcard. “It's important. If they didn't have each other as support, they couldn't do their job."
While Chathcard reflects on the death of officer Sonny Kim, she stated that most spouses of officers live a different reality.
"Well 99 percent of the time, thank God, they do very routine things,” said Charthcard. “So we live in that 99 percent."
Sadly Officer Kim's family lives in that one percent.
These memorials are filled with love and respect for everyone that shows up, but it also gives support to the family of those who are still grieving.
“It was great to witness the support the community gave us and the Kim family,” said Warner.
Awards for heroism and sportsmanship were given to selected officers during the event.