WASHINGTON – Standing in front of the U.S. Capitol, five Toledo police officers remember their fallen comrades.
They came to Washington, D.C. with each other, and thousands of other officers from around the world.
“That’s really what it is all about,” said Steven Zarecki of the Toledo Police Department, “coming down here and not forgetting those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.”
That ultimate sacrifice is on display with events throughout the week, where officers gather together and bond over brotherhood and loss.
“It makes you feel good that you are around other people and we are here for one reason,” said Mark Nelson, of the Toledo Police Department. “Like we have talked before, it’s to honor fallen officers who haven given their lives on the line.”
Kevin Konz also works in the Toledo Police Department. Coming to the nation’s capital was a new experience for him.
“This is my first trip to Washington, D.C. so it is completely new for me,” he said. “I was in the Marine Corps for four years and never made it here. So it is neat after serving my country and being a police officer to finally get here and see some of the monuments that are so special in the history of the U.S.”
The officers are not just here to honor the fallen, but also to represent the city of Toledo.
“Toledo actually is pretty popular,” said Jonathan Eischen, of the Toledo Police Department. “We get a lot of comments because of the Mud Hens and M*A*S*H and it is neat to realize that your city is well known.”
The officers are exploring the city, but Ronald Frederick, also from the Toledo Police Department, said they are also taking a moment to reflect on how they serve the community every day.
“This gives us an opportunity to actually honor the families and let them see there is a badge from Toledo, Ohio they actually support our loss wherever it’s at,” said Frederick. “So, it’s a great honor to be here.”