National Police Week

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Honoring those who protect and serve and remembering those who paid with their life.

National Police Week is recognized in Wood County.

A ceremony at the Parkersburg City Building Monday morning started with a wreath laying, honoring officers across the country who died in the line of duty over the past year.

That was followed by a presentation from Lt. Eric Johnson, who was shot twice as an officer in Charleston.

There were also awards given out, including officer of the year and citizen of the year.

Lt. Johnson shared advice and personal stories from his nearly 24 years on the job.

"And I know what it's like to lose an officer in the line of duty. It's a difficult thing and it lives with you for the rest of your life," he said. "If we don't learn from these officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, we will continue to make the same mistakes."

Also Monday morning the C. Scott Durig Excellence in Criminal Justice Award was given to a state police trooper for the first time in the history of the award.

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