Police Week: Honoring fallen officers

By Brandi Bailey

April 29, 2013 Updated Apr 29, 2013 at 7:58 PM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) This week marks the celebration of Police Week. It's a chance to honor those officers still on the force and remember the ones who have died in the line of duty.

For Broome County Law Enforcement Recruit Daniel Barta, the chance to become a member of the Binghamton Police Department hits close to home.

"My father was killed by gunfire and I just want to carry on his legacy and protect my family, friends and community," Barta said.

His father, Lee Barta, worked for the Binghamton Police Department and was killed in 1995 while on duty.

"Every since I was 5 years old, I looked up to my dad forever and I've always wanted to be a police officer," Barta said.

Like Barta, many recruits have dreamed of becoming police officers.

Those already on the force say the memorial is a good reminder of the risks involved in wearing the badge.

"The officers work hard out there. There's a lot of danger with more crime going on. Unfortunately a number of officers have given their lives to protect the citizens," Broome County Sheriff David Harder said.

Each fallen officer was recognized with a rose, a salute and a flag raising.

Members of law enforcement agencies call this memorial essential for themselves and the community.

"When people see things like this, they should realize this is a very dangerous job. It's not always what you see on TV," Barta said.

Barta said it's important to recognize the dangers of the job, and the sacrifices made to keep the community safe.

Events will be going on throughout the week for local law enforcement, including a breakfast, golf tournament and law enforcement hockey game.