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Winona law enforcement honors fallen officers in memorable ceremony

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WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Although it is a day that brings back solemn memories for members of Winona County, the Law Enforcement Service gave them a moment to appreciate and honor officers' oaths to put their lives on the line.

Crowds were gathered and flags were raised today as law enforcement and the public joined to remember the three lives lost while on duty to protect their community.
  
Various deputies and Winona leaders took the podium to express their gratitude and recognition for the service these men and women give everyday.

"They do remember them it is a brotherhood. They are very closely bonded and knitted," says Winona County Board chair, Marcia Ward. "It's important because every day they go out on a call they never know what kind of call it might be."

The family of fallen Winona County deputy, John Schneider, also made an appearance at today's ceremony.
  
Schneider's son-in-law, Jon Meyer, thanked community members for their support after the family recently testified to prevent Schneider's killer, John Kirch, from receiving parole.

"They put their lives on the line everyday. They do. And people need to totally be aware of this because it should not be forgotten," says Meyer.

The Winona County Law Enforcement Center hosts this ceremony annually to highlight that service to th community.



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