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Families and law enforcement gather in Washington for National Police Week

Families from across the country are gathering in Washington DC this week to honor those across the country who have died in the line of duty. The families are joined by police officers to celebrate the start of National Police Week.

The meeting comes as the last of four funerals were held Monday for the officers ambushed in Charlotte two weeks ago.

>> Channel 9’s Hunter Sáenz and Hannah Goetz are live in Washington all week with team coverage of National Police Week.

Officers from multiple agencies in our area cycled to the Capitol to honor the fallen heroes. They arrived in Washington this weekend in time for several events this week honoring the brave men and women in law enforcement.

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Dozens of officers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department set off on a 500-mile ride from Uptown Charlotte on Thursday in the Bike 2 DC – Ride to Honor. Fresh in people’s minds was Officer Joshua Eyer, who was killed in the line of duty last month. Officers working with Eyer in the North Tryon Division took turns riding his service bicycle to Washington, along with his helmet and vest.

The ride, in honor of all those who have died in the line of duty, is a special part of the week. Before leaving Charlotte, Sáenz and Goetz spoke with Congresswoman Alma Adams, who spoke about the importance of the week.

“People who give up their lives every day. You leave your home and don’t know if you’ll come back, but you took an oath to serve and protect,” Adams said. “And so I think those of us who are protected by our officers really need to show as much appreciation for that as possible – and support their families.”

Candlelight vigil

One of the biggest events this week is the candlelight vigil held Monday evening. By 5 p.m., organizers were already at the National Mall getting ready.

The new names added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial will be read during the vigil. The names are of the officers who died in the line of duty last year.

>> Goetz will be at the vigil and will have more to say on Eyewitness News starting at 11 a.m.

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