Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Local law enforcement officers honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. This week is Police Week across the nation.
Police cars from across the Southern Tier closed down streets from Binghamton University to City Hall on Monday. The motorcade traveled to a monument and flag raising ceremony for Police Week.
"We owe it to the families and to the officers themselves to show them respect this one time during the year," said Johnson City Police Chief Joseph Zikuski.
Police Week holds an annual memorial service that carries a new meaning for the Johnson City Police Department.
There was one name added to the memorial monument this year.
Johnson City Police Officer David Smith joins 35 other New York State officers who were killed in the line of duty.
"Even the officers see little cues, you know his mailbox, his locker, you know different things like that," said Lt. Michael Hatch of the Johnson City Police Department. "Small reminders that you see every single day and those will never be forgotten and they will always be there."
Fellow officers honored each of them with a roll call, a rose and a salute.
"We're human and we mourn just like everybody else," Hatch said, "So it is a very sad thing to be here and to see this and to memorialize it every year."
It's only been a month since Officer Smith was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call. His family was there for the roll call of police officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.
"But this is such a short period of time, you know I was thinking about his family," Zikuski said, "You know how they're feeling."
The Johnson City Police Department said it's continuing to raise funds in memory of Officer Smith.
There will be a law officer basketball tournament this Saturday, May 10 at St. Patrick's Church in Binghamton
The tournament starts at 3 p.m. with a silent auction and raffles.
All of the proceeds will go toward helping the family and memorials for Officer D.W. Smith.