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Candlelight vigil held in Downtown Louisville for fallen Dallas officers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Although the officers who lost their lives just 48 hours ago were in Dallas, it's an emotional time for police officers and their families here in Louisville too. 

"I became sick. It's a horrible feeling. It's personal for me as a retired police officer. I knew what had happened and I also knew that because of what's going on there might be more," said Eric Johnson, executive director of Supporting Heroes.

Saturday's event honored all of those who have served and continue to serve in law enforcement. 

Organizers say the attack on the Dallas officers wasn't because of who they were individually. It was because of the uniform they wore. 

They say it's an attack on all officers. 

One of the speakers has felt a similar attack before. 

Katie Ellis is the widow of Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis who was shot in the head while searching an apartment for a robbery suspect. 

"I know what it's like to get that news that it's your police officer. I saw some of the news come in Thursday evening and I remember I was sitting in bed and I thought "there's hundreds of families at home wondering watching the news, not knowing yet who had been hurt and then I thought there's going to be 5 families that get the knock on the door or the phone call or however they were notified that their officer won't be coming home tonight and it absolutely broke my heart all over again," Ellis said.

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