Community honors fallen ND peace officers

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Tuesday marked the official memorial day for peace officers.

On Wednesday, dozens gathered at the state capital to ensure that no one who gave their life was forgotten.

One of them was Deputy Sheriff Colt Allery, who was shot and killed following the pursuit of a stolen vehicle near Belcourt in January of 2017.

He is just one of the many fallen officers the community paid respects to this afternoon.

There are 64 North Dakota peace officers whose names were read at the memorial today, dating back to 1882.

Gov. Doug Burgum was one of many who took the podium at the state capitol grounds.

He mentioned that during the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests, one of our state's most difficult moments for law enforcement, not one officer was lost in the line of duty.

Bismarck Police Chief Dan Donlin said it was nice to see almost every law enforcement agency from across the state represented.

“This is something we know can happen to any one of us at any time. It is so important that we remember these officers and hopefully there are no more, but to honor the officers that are currently serving the community,” said Donlin.

Donlin said that the wife of Steven Kenner, who was killed in the line of duty in 2011, still works for BPD today. He says she is a part of what he calls the Blue Family.