WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Members of police departments from across the country lined the West Lawn of the Capitol Building Sunday as the families of fallen officers arrived.
They were there to attend the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service -- the culmination of National Police Week -- which honored police killed in the line of duty last year.
One them was Michigan State Trooper Chad Wolf. Wolf died last August, after a driver hit him while Wolf was riding his police motorcycle on I-75 in Oakland County. On Sunday, his wife placed a flower in a memorial wreath, after Wolf’s name was read.
“This has been an emotional, long weekend for our guys," said Sgt. Marcus Trammel, who was Wolf's superior.
Trammel led a contingent from Michigan to pay their respects.
“A lot of us – this is our first time to be down here for this memorial. It’s happy, sad, and we miss him," he said.
While this week's events honoring Wolf and the others is now over, they'll be remembered forever. Their names are etched in stone at the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial.
“I’ve seen my brothers on that wall," said Trammel, "and now Chad’s name is on there. Another brother. And this one is one of the closest. It’s tough.”
Wolf’s family didn’t want to talk, but Captain Monica Yesh gave an update on how they – and the department -- are doing.
“You can tell everyday, Chad is missing from his unit. His family misses him, but his wife is doing extremely well. His parents miss him," she said, "but they also understand he died doing what he loved to do.”