25th annual Peace Officer Memorial

BISMARCK, N.D. - Police officers have a dangerous job.

In North Dakota, there has been 64 officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Some of the names from the most recent years are represented on a stone.

One by one they were named and remembered.

"These individuals have given their life serving and protecting our great state. To forget those would be a travesty to what they've done for us," said Greg Carr, Crisis Care Chaplaincy.

"The job is dangerous and it's the unknown," said Kelly Leben, Burleigh County Sheriff.

A job not everyone can do.

"These officers are people," said Leben.

Department leaders know all too well how dangerous this career can be.

"I pray every day for their safety and security. I want them to go home to their friends and their families," said Dave Draovitch, Bismarck Police Department chief of police.

As for the fallen 64, their memories live on in between the walls of their departments and the hearts of hundreds across the state. The Capitol is bearing the "thin blue line" in honor of all the brave men and women.

They say no officers died in the line of duty in 2018 and they hope that continues.