ROSEBURG, Ore. -- In 1962, John F. Kennedy designated May 15 as National Peace Officer's Memorial Day.
Every year, local law enforcement gathers at the Douglas County Courthouse to honor and remember those lost in the line of duty.
It's estimated that every 57 hours an officer is killed somewhere in the United States.
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin says that the men and women who serve are always left with so many questions when a fellow officer dies in the line of duty. "When the men and women of law enforcement die on duty, the question on every mind is, "Why?" And no matter how often we ask, the answer eludes us," Hanlin said.
Peace Officers Memorial Day is celebrated nation-wide, and Sheriff Hanlin says they will always remember those lost, especially the fallen of Douglas County. "We lost five officers here over the years that were in the line of duty deaths," he said.
When a fellow officer is lost, Chief Don Brown from the Myrtle Creek Police Department says all branches of law enforcement come together. "We always do come together in these situations," Brown said. "If you ever get the opportunity to go to one of the memorial services for a fallen officer, you'll see the outpouring of support from their communities and surrounding communities."
The last law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Douglas County, was Morris Taylor in 2002.
**Note: We apologize for a typo in the text where we reported Deputy Taylor was killed in 2001. It was actually 2002. Thank you to a concerned viewer that brought the mistake to our attention.**