Law enforcement officers from around the area were joined by friends, family and residents Wednesday morning for the annual Gulf County Law Enforcement Memorial.

Law enforcement officers from around the area were joined by friends, family and residents Wednesday morning for the annual Gulf County Law Enforcement Memorial.

The gathering came to honor the six officers who died in the line of duty in Florida over the past year, as well as those who have died nationwide: an officer is killed in the line of duty every 58 hours in this country.

That is one every two-and-a-half days.

In addition, Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison noted the recent inclusion of Moses Hill, the only county law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty, at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C.

As the name’s of the fallen was read, a bell was rung and black balloon let loose into the high sky.