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Ceremony Honors Fallen Law Enforcement Officers

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Local law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered on Tuesday.

The 2013 Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony was held at Memorial Rose Park, to honor law enforcement officers that gave up their lives in the line of duty, and pay tribute to families of these individuals as well.

This local memorial was created 13 years ago to coincide with National Law Enforcement Week.

Missoula Police Department's Honor Guard started the ceremony off with the presentation of colors to remember their fellow officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"It's important for us to remember that these officers gave up their lives for all of us here in this community," said Sgt. Jerry Odlin of the Missoula Police Department. "They gave up their nights, holidays and weekends to make sure we were safe."

The ceremony didn't just remember the fallen, but it also recognized current officers who demonstrated exemplary acts of bravery and valor in the line of duty.

"We like to award officers who have gone above and beyond," Sgt. Odlin said.

Lieutenant Rich Stepper and Officer Deni Poling, who was not in attendance, are among those recognized for dedicated service.

The speaker for the police department said, "For putting her life on the line to keep the community safe, we are honored to have awarded Deni Poling the department's Purple Star "

Poling was ran over by a 47-year-old Dawnette Eaton in January, as she tried to arrest her for violating parole.

Investigators said lieutenant Rich Stepper fired one round at Eaton as she drove away, and hit her on the arm.

The speaker also announced, "For his exceptional performance of duties, we present Rich Stepper with Missoula Police Department Metal."

Officers from all agencies were recognized Tuesday.

In Missoula District Court, Tuesday morning, a trial date was confirmed for Dawnette Eaton in early June.

She faces felony escape and assault with a deadly weapon.

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