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Police Week honors officers in the line of duty

TAZEWELL (WVVA) - This week is National Police Week -- a time dedicated to the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday to protect the communities in which we live.

One local sheriff's department is using this week to honor the fallen,  a phrase that hits home for Tazewell County as they remember Tazewell native Trooper Andrew Fox who was killed while directing traffic near the Richmond area.

Officers in Tazewell kicked off the event Monday by hanging black and blue memorial ribbons around town.

"It's a time to celebrate but a time to reflect for those who have gone before us and for those who have laid down their lives in support of their community and their family and their friends," said Major Harold Heatley with the Tazewell County Sheriff's Department.

Events continue Tuesday, when officers will be visiting with seniors in area nursing homes

Later this week a town cookout will be held to raise money for the family of Trooper Fox, along with a dedication.

In neighboring McDowell County, events are also planned for Police Week.

First responders will gather for two events in Welch to remember fallen officers.

The fourth annual Parade of Lights will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Welch Armory, and will travel through downtown Welch. A memorial service will follow.

On Saturday, motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to participate in the third annual Police Memorial Motorcycle Ride. The ride starts at noon at the Welch City Park.

All proceeds benefit the family of fallen Welch police officer Shaun Wellman, who was killed earlier this month in an off-duty ATV accident.

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