Peace Officers Memorial Service honors metro law enforcement

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- As a part of National Police Week, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office hosted this year's Peace Officers Memorial Day Service Wednesday.

Bagpipes, taps, a ceremonial folding of the flag and a flyover from Omaha's Able One police helicopter combined to honor and pay respects to law enforcement.

Names of local law enforcement officers who have passed in the last year were read off by their respective leaders as the families placed a rose on a wreath.

Bennington Police Chief Les Johnson died unexpectedly last August. Alice Johnson, his wife of 29-years, said it was comforting to hear his name called but emotional as well.

She said, “It was tough, um, he's always with us, always doing things. He was a very strong man and it was kind of hard to place that final wreath knowing that he's gone."

Chief Johnson was 51-years-old, survived by Alice and their two daughters.