Fallen Missouri hero honored in DC

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- A Missouri hero who died in service last year is honored in the nation’s capital Wednesday. The President – and those who knew Deputy Aaron Roberts – are gathering in DC this week to show their support for law enforcement. Washington Correspondent Alana Austin reports on how these legacies live on.

Kim Roberts, whose husband, Greene County Deputy Sheriff Aaron Roberts, was killed in the line of duty in 2018, speaks about her loss and healing at the National Police Week in DC. (Source: GrayDC)

Greene County Deputy Sheriff Aaron Roberts remembered not just for how he died, but how he lived.

“He loved being an officer, loved helping people and he just absolutely loved his work,” said widow Kim Roberts.

Through this tragedy Kim says she’s heartened by the national recognition of her Missouri hero. The Christian father and husband died in the line of duty last year. On September 7th, 2018, he drowned as flooding waters swept away his patrol car as he was responding to a call.

“He was a great deputy and took pride in his job and he came to work to serve the people of Greene County,” said Sheriff Jim Arnott.

Sheriff Arnott also traveled to DC for National Police Week to honor Roberts and other officers killed in the line of duty. Roberts is one of 158 officers who died last year, their names added to this national memorial wall of fallen law enforcement heroes.

From visiting the memorial wall, to candlelight vigils, to the annual peace officers’ memorial service at the U.S. Capitol, loved ones say this week brings healing and support from those who share their pain. It also brought the Commander-in-Chief to the ceremony to pay tribute to all those who serve.

“Each time they went on a shift, they knew it could be their very last and when that time came where they knew there was danger, when evil lurked, they did not run, they did not hide,” said the President during the ceremony.

Already this year, 40 officers gave their lives in the line of duty. Their names will be added to the national memorial wall, next year.

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