Members of the Springfield Police Department held a memorial service Tuesday afternoon as part of National Police Week.

The ceremony was held right next to the fallen officer's memorial in front of the police station on Pearl Street, and was dedicated to the memory of the 17 Springfield police officers who have died in the line of duty.

Those officers include Thomas Miller, who died nearly 350 years ago, to the most recent, Kevin Ambrose who was killed in 2012.

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Included in the ceremony was a memorial roll call, a wreath presentation, a rifle salute, along with some prayers and speeches by the police commissioner and Mayor Domenic Sarno.

"This is to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and we deeply appreciate what blue does day in and day out."

National Police Week originated back in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy declared May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and that week as Police Week for a chance to honor police officers nationwide who died serving those they swore to protect.

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