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Cops’ shields weigh heavy

Photo by Ryan Salm/Sierra SunCode Compliance Officer Debbie DeVenzio places a flower atop an American flag at the Peace Officers Memorial at the Truckee Police Department on Thursday.

Heavy hearts and few wet eyes paid tribute on Thursday to the 18 California Peace Officers who died in the line of duty in 2005.

The memorial service held at the Truckee Police Department, and attended by eight local law enforcement agencies, was part of National Police Officer Week, which honors fallen officers across America.

In total, 155 American police officers were killed in 2005.

“I have worked with fallen officers in previous years and all (deaths) were tragic. I have seen devastated lives first hand,” said Lt. Jeff Granum of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. “But it’s not too late to learn from our fallen friends by thanking our remaining colleagues for their dedication and service.”

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