COLUMBIA, SC (WACH/AP) -- Law enforcement officers across South Carolina gathered Wednesday to remember those killed in the line of duty.
"For them to put everything on the line for the love of his or her fellow American, that speaks volume[s]," said Leroy Smith, director of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.
The annual Law Enforcement Memorial took place at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and included speakers, singing and prayers, and ended with an honoring of the Colors.
The memorial ceremony pays special tribute to Master Cpl. Sandy Rogers. The Aiken law officer was the first female South Carolina officer killed in the line of duty when she was shot responding to a suspicious activity call in January, 2012.
"She died doing what she loved to do -- serving the community -- and her honor is continued today," said Chief Charles Barranco of the Aiken Dept. of Public Safety.
The event is also an opportunity to remember other active or retired officers who died in the last year.