NORTH PLATTE, Neb, Today is National Police Memorial Day for Fallen Peace Officers.
Dozens gathered at Iron Horse Park for a ceremony honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
North Platte Police Chief Daniel Hudson says 163 officers were killed while protecting their communities in 2018.
A message of love and solidarity was delivered by Chief Hudson.
Officer Beth Kerr says it's outreach events like this that help people realize they deal with life just like everyone else.
"It helps to get to know the person that's responding to whatever emergency they have. The reception is different to someone they know versus a stranger," Kerr said.
The police department is hosting a first responder picnic on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and all are invited.
"We're human. We have lives just like you do," said Kerr.
"We have children, husbands, wives, etc. Our lives are just as stressful. We have history just like they do."