Nick 9 18 2HENDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (9/18/17) — Several members of the Henderson community attended the third annual “National Thank a Police Officer Day” event held over the weekend to honor those wearing the badge.

“Being a police officer is a vocation,” said Lt. Jason Hargitt. “It is not just a job, it’s a way of life and something you can never just switch off. When this becomes just a job, it's probably time to go home and be done."

Saturday’s event also was time of remembrance for fallen officers.

"Every time an officer is dispatched to an incident, they have no idea of the dangers that await them,” event organizer Andrea Willett said. “We want the public to have the opportunity to show their appreciation for the service these brave men and women provide to our community day in and day out."

Officers from Henderson Police Department, Henderson County Sheriff's Office and Kentucky State Police attended along with several other local emergency agencies.

"We want officers to know that the community is behind them in their jobs that they do every day," said county resident Erin Thomas.

A T-shirt sale and a silent auction also were held to raise funds for the Henderson Fraternal Order of Police. Several local businesses donated items.

"As a police officer, I just want to bridge the gap between us and the community," said HPD Officer Janna Gatten. "This is a profession — it doesn't define us as a person. We have family, we have feelings and we have a heart. We love our community and I'm thankful that we still have a community that supports us so much."

National Thank a Police Officer Day was organized in 2012 by Whole Truth Project.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 143 officers were killed in the line of duty last year. The count is up to 93 officers lost this year.

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Nick Risley
SurfKY News Reporter
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