BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) - It was an emotional scene this morning in Belleville as fallen law officers were remembered at the St. Clair County Sheriff`s Department. A gun salute and bagpipers playing amazing grace honored the officers and their families. A candle was placed for each of the 44 law officers in St. Clair County who have died in the line of duty going back more than 100 years.
The officers` names are on a memorial outside the sheriff`s department. We talked with the family of Jeremy Chambers- a former Cahokia officer who was hit by a drunk driver and killed in 2006. His father, Earl Chambers, spoke about why Tuesday's ceremony.
"It`s knowing that people still remember. They just never forget. And that makes you proud," said Chambers.
This was the 31st annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service in St. Clair County. The event was started by longtime St. Clair County Sheriff Merle Justus. Justus died in December after retiring and was recognized at the ceremony.