Miami Police Department honors 38 police officers

Chief attends Police Memorial Day ceremony

MIAMI – The Miami Police Department honored 38 police officers Wednesday.

Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes said they all died as "true heroes."

In the spirit of a tradition set up by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 to honor their sacrifice, an annual ceremony has been held in Miami since 1978, Detective Freddie Burden said in a news release.

"We should set a day aside to pay our respects to them," Llanes said.

Miami police Officer J.D. Edwards said his cousin was one of those 38 heroes honored during the Police Memorial Day ceremony at the Miami Police College auditorium, 350 NW Second Ave.

"It was very impressive as always, with the mounted patrol, the motor units, the flyover, the 21-gun salute," Edwards said. "It was done at just top level."

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