FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Once you wear the badge, it's forever, and for those who died, their legacy lives on today.
Their names are etched in stone for all to see.
"Of the names on there, they are sworn in and civilian. The way that they lost their lives are as varied as each individual name. At the end of the day, it's your safety that they're looking for,"Sgt. Ron Galaviz said.
Retired state police along with the current officers come together for this annual memorial.
"The retirees come back to remember the people not only that they worked with, but maybe that they went to the academy with. In some instances, grew up with,"he said.
Galaviz saidit's a family.
"That is your life. You marry into that. Your children are born into that. They are always apart of our family."
Which is why Kate Stuart said she couldn't miss it.
She holds these names close to her heart.
"Many of these names, because I've been here so long, are very familiar to me. These people are all my family, and it's something we
can do to keep their memory alive," Stuart said.
It's been 83 years since the beginning of Indiana State Police, and they plan to keep the tradition going strong never forgetting the ones who laid their lives on the line.