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17th Annual Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony Held in Carson City

National Police Week is coming up later this month, and many Americans are beginning to honor the work and sacrifices of peace officers, and it's no different in the Silver State.

The 17th annual Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony was hosted in Carson City on Thursday. The Capitol grounds were packed with people who wanted to pay their respects and honor fallen Nevada officers.

"We come together every year to make sure that we don't forget the sacrifice that they made to make sure that the families know that we remember them," said Frank Adams, Historian with the Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. "That the citizens know the sacrifice they made for their state."

126 Nevada Peace Officers have been killed in the line of duty since 1861.

Three of those officers were honored Thursday:
-Officer David Vanbuskirk of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department -- died of injuries received while on a search and rescue mission on Mount Charleston in southern Nevada in 7/23/2013.
-Watchman John Montague of Southern Pacific Railroad Police -- on patrol at the rail yards in Reno when he was struck from behind by a switch engine. He died the next day at a hospital back in 1/5/1905.
-Watchman Jose Sancebo of Southern Pacific Railroad Police -- shot and killed while patrolling railroad yards in Palisades, Nevada on 8/11/1937.

We asked Adams about the two watchmen's late induction into the memorial:

"Although, they were killed in the line of duty, somewhere along the line, their stories got forgotten," he said. "We were able to verify them, and now, we're memorializing those folks, so no one forgets them into the future."

It was a bit of a sobering day for officers who came out today, but they appreciate the recognition the fallen are getting.

"What goes through our minds is the fact that people appreciate what we do," said Reserve Commander Tom Crawford with the Carson City Sheriff's Office. "They respect what they do, and there's an admiration for the fact that it's a job in which you could lose your life."

Friday, there will be another event in Reno. The James D. Hoff Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony starts at 10 a.m. at Idlewild Park.

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