Barbara Boxer, U.S. senator from California, once said: “Law enforcement officers are never ‘off duty.’ They are dedicated public servants who are sworn to protect public safety at any time and place that the peace is threatened. They need all the help that they can get.”

More than 300 people came out on Jan. 17 for “A Walk to Remember” at Liberty State Park to remember the 118 police officers nationwide that died in the line of duty in 2014.

And it was a personal issue for many of those who attended the 5k walk because this wasn’t just something that happened elsewhere. Jersey City lost a police officer this year, and nearby, New York City lost two in December, all three of them murdered while on duty. 

For many this was one more memorial service for Jersey City officer Melvin Santiago, who was killed in ambush last July. 

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