Portland police officers in Washington to honor lost comrade

Posted May 13, 2011, at 7:31 a.m.
Last modified May 13, 2011, at 3:16 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A group of police officers from Maine’s largest city are in Washington to honor fallen comrades from across the country, including one of their own.

The Portland officers are taking part in National Police Week, which is held every year to recognize and pay tribute to officers who died in the line of duty.

WMTW-TV says more than 300 names of fallen law enforcement officers were added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this year alone.

One of the names added this year is that of Portland Police Sgt. Rick Betters, who died of a heart attack on Jan. 14 2009.

During police week, Portland officers in full dress uniform will stand guard in front of the memorial where Betters’ name is engraved.

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