Officers honor comrades who lost lives over past year

Published: May 04 2012 05:34:28 PM EDT   Updated On: May 04 2012 05:51:45 PM EDT
BERN TWP., Pa. -

The police union in Berks County took a moment Friday to remember law enforcers who lost their lives in the past year.

Sheriff's Deputy Kyle Pagerly's name was among those added to the wall at the Fraternal Order of Police memorial in Bern Township. Pagerly was killed in the line of duty last June.

The Hamilton Pipe and Drum Corps led a procession to the memorial, and roses were placed nearby.

"Officers go out every day, doing their job with the expectation that they're going to come home at the end of the night, and there's time that they don't," said Joe Brown, FOP president. "There's other members that make it through their career unscathed, but they gave back to their community, giving up weekends and holidays and nights with their families.

This year, the memorial got some much-needed upgrades. Companies volunteered to repair the mechanics, clean the area and do some landscaping.