CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Cincinnati police officer killed in the line of duty last summer will be honored during a special state ceremony.
Officer Sonny Kim, a 27-year department veteran, is now among Ohio's nearly 800 peace officers slain on the job since 1823.
Those officers will be saluted Thursday at the annual Ohio Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony in Columbus. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will honor Kim and two other officers who died last year.
Officer Kim, a 48-year-old married father of three teenage sons, was shot and killed in June 2015 after responding to a call about an armed man walking around Madisonville.
He was the first Cincinnati police officer killed in the line of duty since 2000.
Also being remembered Friday will be Jefferson County Deputy Michael Brandle and Officer Nathan Van Oort Sr. of the Ohio University Police department.
Their names will be added to the Ohio Fallen Officers' Memorial Wall in Columbus.
For the first time this year, K-9s will be honored as well, including Cincinnati police's Bandit, who was shot and killed in the line of duty along with Cincinnati Police Officer Clifford George in April 1987.