Fallen law enforcement members honored

North Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) — On Wednesday, the annual Tri-County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony was held at Park Circle.

The ceremony honored 65 officers in the Lowcountry who made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty.

Family members and fellow officers prayed together, remembering the fallen heroes.

James Owen III attended the service, after his father, James Owens, Jr. was killed 50 years ago.

"I'm sad that he had to leave us, but happy that we are living here to still see what's going on," he said.

Owen says on Friday, a sign will be unveiled in downtown Charleston for his father near Calhoun and Rutledge Streets.

Members of the Summerville Police Department and Mt. Pleasant Police Department pinned 65 red roses into the ceremony's memorial wreath, in memory of each fallen officer.

Carl Ritchie, chief of police for the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, was there to reflect on one of Mt. Pleasant's officers who lost his life while trying to help get a drunk driver off the road,

" Vaughn Edward Kee was honored today and recognized for paying the ultimate sacrifice, he was stopping a drunk driver when another drunk driver came through and struck him, killing him on the scene," Ritchie said.

The 65 officers remembered worked as law enforcement officers spanning several decades.

The ceremony concluded with a 21 gun salute from the North Charleston Police Department Honor Guard.

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