Local Officers Remembered During Police Week

More than 300 names to be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Judiciary Square Monday night

Monday, May 13, 2013  |  Updated 6:42 AM EDT
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Thousands helped kick off Police Week in Washington, by remembering the fallen, including Prince George's officer Adrian Morris, who died last summer while pursuing a suspect.

Derrick Ward

Thousands helped kick off Police Week in Washington, by remembering the fallen, including Prince George's officer Adrian Morris, who died last summer while pursuing a suspect.

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It's National Police Week here in D.C., and on Monday local officers killed in the line of duty will receive a permanent honor.

Their names will be among the 321 added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Judiciary Square, to be unveiled during a candlelight vigil Monday night.

Among them: Prince William County Officer Chris Yung, who died last New Year's Eve in a crash, and Prince George's County officer Adrian Morris, who died last summer while pursuing a suspect.

During a solemn ceremony Sunday, Morris' memory was kept alive by family and colleagues alike.

"He was a very nice, quiet guy," said Morris' grandmother, who told News4's Derrick Ward she was proud of her grandson. "We feel good about it, despite the loss," she said.

"Adrian came to us from Jamaica when he was 13," an officer told those gathered. "It wasn't enough for him to be a part of America; he chose to be responsible for America."

The memorial displays the names of more than 19,000 fallen officers, dating back to 1791.

"We don't come to work expecting the worst, but we know there is that danger," said one officer.

Thousands of law enforcement officials flock to the region each year to remember those lost, including more than 60 Richmond-area officers making the 117-mile trek by bike.

The event, known as Bike for the Blue, got underway at 6 a.m. Monday as the riders rolled out from the Virginia state Capitol in Richmond.

Now in its 18th year, Bike for the Blue takes the riders to meet their colleagues from across the country for the Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony.

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