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Ohio’s Fallen Officers

Located on the grounds of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) in London, OH, the Ohio Fallen Officers’ Memorial contains two circular walls inscribed with the names of Ohio’s fallen officers.

A flame in the center of the memorial serves as an eternal symbol of the dedication to service and the ultimate price paid by these officers.

A third circular sitting wall allows visitors the opportunity to reflect on what it means for a peace officer to abide by the oath to serve and protect.

 

A Part of America Died
By Harry Koch

Somebody killed a policeman today,
And a part of America died.

A piece of our country he swore to protect,
Will be buried with him at his side.

The suspect who shot him will stand up in court,
With counsel demanding his rights,

While a young widowed mother must work for her kids,
And spend alone many long nights.

The beat that he walked was a battlefield, too,
Just as if he’d gone off to war.

Though the flag of our nation won’t fly at half mast,
To his name they will add a gold star.

Yes, somebody killed a policeman today,
It happened in your town or mine.

While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,
A cop put his life on the line.

Now, his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street,
And he stands at each new rookie’s side.

He answered the call and gave us his all,
And a part of America died.