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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)--They risk their lives to save ours, and sometimes end up making the ultimate sacrifice. Friday night, Kentuckiana's fallen heroes were honored. It is all part of an annual Holiday Remembrance Ceremony. The event was held at Jefferson Memorial Park in downtown Louisville.
"They go toward, not away from it," says Don Grignon, whose son died in the line of duty.
It has been more than 7 years since Grignon's son went into the line of fire...protecting our community, but the pain is still there.
Grignon says, "We all have our good days and sometimes there are strings of good days, and we all have our bad days."
In March of 2005, 27-year-old Louisville Metro Police officer Peter Grignon was shot and killed by a teenager who then took his own life. Since there, Grignon's family has healed through prayer, community support and this annual event that honors fallen heroes.
"Every year we set aside the date so that we can go down and honor those who have fallen and have died in the line of duty and to remind those still in uniform that they have support from the public," says Grignon.
"And it's to remember and honor those who have given their lives in the line of duty in public safety and to show their families that those individuals have not been forgotten," says Eric Johnson, executive director of Supporting Heroes.
Supporting Heroes is often the first to respond when police, fire or EMS are killed in the line of duty. It is also honors fallen heroes at the annual holiday remembrance ceremony.
Johnson says, "We honor all who have given their lives in the line of duty. We specifically call the names of the ones who have fallen since our last ceremony last year."
The names of the fallen are on this plaque that hangs in Johnson's office. They include Peter Grignon and Marion County Sheriff's deputy Anthony Rakes, who was killed earlier this month.
"So we will be calling his name; we do not expect his family to be there with us tonight," says Johnson.
Rakes family won't be there, but the Grignons will. They hope to help other families who are still struggling. "We have found that we can offer some assistance to the people that are newer to the path that we are traveling," says Don Grignon.