WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- A somber morning on Capitol Hill. As fallen police officers killed in the last year are remembered one by one by a community of departments from across the nation and the world.
“It kind of reminds you that you’re part of something greater in law enforcement then just what we encounter in our valley," Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis said.
Lewis is new to this ceremony. He is here to remember one of his own.
Mesa County Deupty Derek Geer was killed while on duty, brutally shot in the face by a 17-year-old boy while responding to a call. He leaves behind his wife Kate and their two children who attended the ceremony just one year since Geers’ tragic death.
Geer’s name was read a loud during the ceremony as his wife and children and many other surviving families were recognized on stage by President Donald Trump.
“Many of those survivors are here today and I’d like you to stand up," Trump said.
Lewis said one thing he is taking back to Mesa County is a renewed sense of brotherhood.
"I think you go back with a lot. I think you kind of get to hit the reset button. You get to kind of meet and intermix with people who feel the same and gone through some of the same things and share that experience,” he said.
Lewis said this is another step on the road of healing, both for his department and for Geer’s family. Bringing them all closer together and supporting each other along the way.
The Geer family met President Trump during the ceremony. The White House is expected to be lit up in blue Monday in honor of the fallen officers.