COVINGTON, Ky. (FOX19) - Flags were lowered to half-staff Wednesday morning in Kentucky to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day. It was a chance to honor all law enforcement officers who died or were disabled in the line of duty.
There is a local memorial that includes the names of 37 officers from northern Kentucky who have died in the line of duty in the past 100 plus years or so. It includes eight Covington police officers and one from the former Covington City Marshal’s Office.
During a ceremony Wednesday, the widow of former Conservation Officer Douglas Bryant shared some her final memories of her husband. Bryant earned a reputation as a first-rate officer and renowned boat accident investigator in Kenton County. Bryant died in 2003, during a traffic stop on Interstate 75.
His wife remembered that day -- they were about to celebrate their daughter getting her driver’s license. She called it the most devastating day of their lives.
“He was leaving for work as we were on our way. He called when we got out and couldn’t wait to hear how it went. He was so excited and we were headed back to school. His last words to her, through me, were ‘Good job.’ Before she got out of school that afternoon, her daddy was gone. Killed on I-75," said Sherry Bryant.
Now, Sherry works with the Kentucky chapter of COPS -- which stands for Concerns of Police Survivors. It’s an organization that helps families and coworkers who’ve lost an officer due to a line of duty death. After benefiting and participating with COPS, Sherry said she and her daughter felt the need to give back and help other survivors.
Her daughter is the secretary of the Northern Kentucky chapter, Sherry is the vice president. According to COPS -- the national group Sherry works with, each year the U.S. loses up to 160 law enforcement officers in the line of duty. National Police Week, which is held this week, honors the service and sacrifice of those officers.