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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Tucson Police Department is holding its annual Fallen Officers Memorial.  They will be remembering those who lost their lives while protecting the community.

Eight Tucson Police Officers have died while helping protect the community since 1892.  Today the Tucson Police Department will take a moment to both remember and honor those officers killed while on the job. Each one of them is leaving behind a legacy. 

Tucson Police Officer Erik Hite is the most recent officer to have died in the line of duty back in 2008. Since then a foundation has been created in his name to help law enforcement families on a close personal level. 

Police Chief Roberto Villasenor as well as Captain Ramon Batista will be among the speakers at tonight's officer memorial outside  TPD Headquarters Memorial Plaza at (270 S. Stone Avenue) starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Honor Guard will do the posting of the colors.  Roses and wreaths will be laid to remember all eight officers.  And there will also be a video tribute and rifle salute to honor the heroes.  The memorial is open to the public.

The fallen heroes, who will be honored at the event include:

· Officer William Elliott - July 3, 1892

· Officer William Katzenstein - July 26, 1902

· Officer Robert Cummins - September 7, 1936

· Officer Barry Headricks - October 28, 1974

· Officer James Smith - October 28, 1980

· Officer Jeffrey Ross - February 18, 1982

· Officer Patrick K. Hardesty - May 26, 2003

· Officer Erik D. Hite - June 2, 2008

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