Dozens of police officers and sheriffs deputies gathered Thursday at the memorial for their brothers and sisters behind the badge, who gave their lives in service to their community.
A memorial ceremony featured a riderless horse, which symbolizes those no longer able to join with their comrades in blue, a 21 gun salute, and the bagpipes that are so frequently heard crying out with a familiar hymn. All of it to honor Sacramento Police and Sheriff's Deputies who died in the line of duty.
Galt Police Chief, Tod Sockman, says they hold ceremonies like this to remind the families and everyone else that they haven't forgotten their sacrifices. "The sacrifice comes with knowing that there are some out there that are trying to do harm to others," Sockman said, "and that we need to go out there and stop that."
Chief Sockman says police work is a calling, and that it is something they have all chosen to do.