Columbus police officers ride to Washington for Police Week

The National Peace Officers Memorial Service was held Friday morning, on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol. (WSYX/WTTE)

President Trump gave words of encouragement Tuesday to the families of fallen officers across the country. The National Peace Officers Memorial Service was held Friday morning, on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Among the names added to the peace officers' memorial were Kirkersville Police Chief Eric DiSario, who was killed in an encounter with a suspect last year. Columbus Police Officer Steven Smith and Hilliard Officer Sean Johnson had their names added last year.

The names of Westerville Police Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering will be officially added next year, but local officers who rode a bicycle convoy to Washington, D.C. placed their names on the memorial this week.

Columbus Police Officer Chris Bailey was joined by fellow officer Bryan Mason and another sergeant on the bike ride, which stretched from Reading, Pennsylvania all the way to the nation's capital.

Columbus Officer Ben Leppla is the local coordinator for “Road to Hope,” the annual bike ride to Washington remembering officers killed in the line of duty.

"It's definitely a great cause that we started here four years ago, and hopefully each year we can continue to build on that," Leppla explained Tuesday.

If you would like to honor fallen officers locally, you can do so this Friday morning at the annual Columbus Police Memorial Service. It will be held at the memorial sculpture in Genoa Park at 10:00 a.m.


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