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Candlelight vigil honors fallen officers in Washington, D.C.


WASHINGTON, D.C. (KTIV) - Since 1791 more than 20,000 have died in the line of duty.

That number includes a police officer from Rockwell City, Iowa who was shot and killed in September.

A special ceremony took place on Tuesday night to honor our heroes.

The threat rain delayed the start of this event for nearly two hours.

The names of 100 officers who died in the line of duty last year were read, plus another 186 who died in previous years..

Among the names is Rockwell City police officer Jamie Buenting.

He was shot, and killed, in September.

His widow, Mandy, told says the way the law enforcement community comes together is "amazing" and "overwhelming."

This vigil has been a big part of National Police Week since for the last 26 years.

That's before the memorial was even dedicated, in 1991.

Once a year, candles illuminate the night, and the careers of so many courageous officers.

Tuesday night's vigil is just the first event of National Police Week in Washington.

On Wednesday, families of the fallen will get to meet, and share their stories.

Then, on Thursday morning, the Peace Officers Memorial service at the U.S. Capitol, which is followed by the unveiling of the 286 new names added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

KTIV's Matt Breen will be providing live reports from NBC's Washington, Bureau. 

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