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200 gather to honor fallen law enforcement officers

Mayor Jim Newberry proclaimed May 9-15 Police Week in Lexington at a vigil for fallen officers held downtown Wednesday.

Around 200 people gathered during the ceremony at Phoenix Park, during which 126 white carnations were placed in a wreath — one carnation for every American law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in 2009.

For the first time since 1994, no Kentucky officers died while on duty in 2009, said Detective Mike Sweeney, president of the Bluegrass Lodge No. 4 of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Three retired police officers in Lexington died of natural causes last year. Red roses were placed in the wreath in honor of former Lexington officers Pat Taylor, Leroy Richardson and David Shade.

A red rose was also placed for officer Bryan Durman, who was killed last week by a hit-and-run driver while responding to a noise complaint on North Limestone.

Durman was the 56th officer in America killed in the line of duty in 2010, Sweeney said.