They protect and serve and some give their lives in the line of duty.
This week the nation recognizes their efforts.
It's Peace Officers Memorial Day.
A national holiday honoring those who died in the line of duty.
Washington County deputies paid their respect with a ceremony in Marietta.
The department's color guard was put together just last year.
It's a military-style tradition.
Guard members marched to place wreathes on memorials of lost officers.
"We do this job for the public - we don't do it for ourselves. It's important for them to know that," says Sgt. Bryan Reeder.
Sgt. Reeder says it's important for anyone in law enforcement to remember this risk.
But he says there's no other job he'd rather do.
Flags fly at half-staff for the week in honor of this memorial holiday.