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Rep. Chris Gorsek honors those killed in the line of duty.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The Multnomah County Sheriff's Honor Guard presents the colors as the Corbett High School choir sings at the ceremony honoring law enforcement officers, including canines, killed in the line of duty in 2016. Mt. Hood Community College held a candlelight vigil to honor law enforcement officers and police dogs killed in the line of duty last year.

"There are really wonderful people that work in law enforcement and they are working to do their best everyday," said Rep. Chris Gorsek (D-Troutdale), the event organizer. Gorsek teaches criminal justice and geography at Mt. Hood and is a former Portland Police Bureau officer.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard posted the colors and the Corbett High School Choir performed. Choir members and Corbett High Choir Director Tim Kilgore read the names of the 145 officers who lost their lives in 2016.

The fallen officers honored at the Wednesday, May 24, ceremony were from all different sectors, including local, federal and state law enforcement units; departments of corrections; campus police and the Department of Homeland Security.

Gorsek has organized the vigil in conjunction with National Police Week for the last 10 years.

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