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PHOTOS: Event honors officers killed in line of duty in N.H.

  • Ronald Briggs of Epsom places a flower in memory of his nephew, Michel Briggs, in a wreath during the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony; Friday, May 17, 2013. The names of 44 officers who died in the line of duty were read<br/><br/>ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff

    Ronald Briggs of Epsom places a flower in memory of his nephew, Michel Briggs, in a wreath during the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony; Friday, May 17, 2013. The names of 44 officers who died in the line of duty were read

    ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff

  • Members of the New Hampshire State Police Honor Guard find their places before the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony outside the Legislative Office Buillding in Concord; Friday, May 17, 2013. <br/><br/>ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff

    Members of the New Hampshire State Police Honor Guard find their places before the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony outside the Legislative Office Buillding in Concord; Friday, May 17, 2013.

    ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff

  • Ronald Briggs of Epsom places a flower in memory of his nephew, Michel Briggs, in a wreath during the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony; Friday, May 17, 2013. The names of 44 officers who died in the line of duty were read<br/><br/>ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff
  • Members of the New Hampshire State Police Honor Guard find their places before the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony outside the Legislative Office Buillding in Concord; Friday, May 17, 2013. <br/><br/>ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff

Several hundred people gathered at the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial yesterday to honor the 44 officers who died in the line of duty and express relief that no new names had to be carved into the walls of the granite memorial in the past year.

The gathering was markedly smaller than last year’s ceremony, which took place a month after Greenland police Chief Michael Maloney was shot to death during a drug raid just days before he was due to retire.

“I’m deeply grateful that, this year, we do not need to add a new name to this wall,” Gov. Maggie Hassan told those gathered.

She lauded the service and sacrifice of those being honored and expressed gratitude for the support and sacrifice of the family members of law enforcement officers.

“This memorial reminds us of how much we owe those who have sworn to protect and serve us,” Hassan said. “We owe all of you a debt that can never truly be repaid for our safety and our quality of life.”

The names etched into the memorial walls include state and local police officers and conservation and corrections officers dating back to Laconia Officer Charles Dolloff, who died in 1889.

The service culminated with Attorney General Joseph Foster reading of names of those who died. Relatives or representatives of each officer came forward and placed a flower in the memorial wreath.

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