Fla. honors law enforcement with memorial
A Florida corrections officer reaches out and touches the officer down memorial sculpture as guests at the unveiling and dedicating ceremony for the sculpture file past, Monday, March 9, 2009, in Tallahassee, Fla. The sculpture was dedicated in honor of law enforcement officers in Florida who have given their lives in the line of duty. (AP Photo)
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By Bill Cotterell
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Charlie Crist joined other top state officials in a solemn tribute to law enforcement today, dedicating a large bronze monument to slain police officers at the state Capitol.
"This memorial will forever be a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice paid by your loved ones," Crist told a group of family members of law-enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
Scores of correctional officers from the prison system and other state police were on hand for dedication of the "Officer Down" sculpture. The carving shows a policeman on his back, his head cradled by a policewoman who is reaching for her radio to call in the alarm.
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