WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 13, 2015) - The name of fallen Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Officer Perry Renn was read in front of thousands during a candlelight vigil held in the nation's capitol Wednesday. His widow, Lynn, sat in the audience as everyone paused to remember his sacrifice.
"It’s been moving, overwhelming and emotional," said Lynn Renn.
The nation paused to honor the lives of 117 police officers who were killed in the line of duty last year. All of their names are now engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The vigil took place at the memorial site, located at Judiciary Square.
Those who came to show their gratitude were surrounded by the names of others who paid the ultimate price. Last year, Officer Rod Bradway's name was added to the memorial wall.
IMPD lost two officers in less than a year's time. Bradway was killed in September of 2013 while responding to a domestic violence call and Renn was fatally wounded in July of 2014 as he showed up to the scene of a shots fired call.
"We honor the courage and salute the sacrifice made by theses heroes of America and their families," said Craig Floyd, Chairman and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
All 117 names were read during the vigil. Everyone in the crowd received a candle to light during a moment of silence.
Several of Renn's fellow officers also attended the vigil along with members of IMPD's honor guard.