Washington, DC - On Tuesday, thousands of police officers from across the country came together, to honor fallen brothers and sisters at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service in Washington, D.C.
It was a difficult and emotional day for these officers, as they added the names of colleagues and friends they lost this past year, to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall.
Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse attended the event, but due to the tragic death of Officer Rob Pitts, he almost had to cancel his trip to DC.
"You know after Rob was shot on Friday, we were surely didn't thinking about coming here," said Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse
But at Officer Rob Pitts' visitation service last week -- Chief Plasse and his officers decided they had to be here.
"Rob would want us to continue doing what we do, and you know we need to be herefor the families who lost someone last year, just like officers will be there for us next year," said Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse.
That means so much, to people like Illinois State Trooper Greg Miller.
"Fellow coworker and a classmate of mine, Trooper Ryan Albin, was killed in June of last year," said Illinois State Trooper Greg Miller
Trooper Albin was killed in an on-duty car crash. His name is one of the 360 added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this year.
"Ryan was a modest guy, he would probably be just overwhelmed with this many people and everybody showing up," said Illinois State Trooper Greg Miller
President Trump told the officers and surviving family members the nation is grieving with them -- and their loved one's sacrifice will never be forgotten.
"We stand with our police and we stand with you, 100 percent," said President Donald Trump
Chief Plasse says he's felt that support this week...from the people he's never met, but still calls his brothers and sisters.
"Other officers will see our patches, and be like 'Hey Terre Haute, you just lost one' so everybody knows," said Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse.
Next year, Plasse says he'll back back.. and the nation will learn Officer Rob Pitts' name.
"It just shows that Rob's life mattered, that what he did meant something. His sacrifice was not for nothing," said Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse.