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City of Coeur d'Alene honors men and women of service

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Every 54 hours a police officer is killed in the line of duty. The City of Couer d'Alene paused Thursday to honor all those who have given their lives to protect others. 

All over town could be seen flags flying at half staff in remembrance of the men and women who lost their lives on September 11th. Seven years later, citizens in Coeur d'Alene gathered at the Fallen Heroes Memorial Plaza to thank all those men and women for their service.

A piece of the World Trade Center at hand, city officials reflected on those who lost their lives protecting the lives of others.

Law enforcement officers anchored that piece of the World Trade Center at the bottom of one of two basalt columns raised to represent the Twin Towers. The significance of the act was not lost on those who attended Thursday's ceremony.

"Unfortunate is an understatement. I will always feel for their loss," said Peter Vandall.

"Something that momentous... I'm in awe," said Heidi Vandall.

The dedication held a special meaning for Coeur d'Alene police officer Michael Kralicek. He is permanently disabled after being shot in the line of duty  in December 2004.

"I just worry about the other guys and hope nothing happens to them," said Kralicek.

63 police officers have lost their lives throughout the history of Idaho. During a time to remember the courage, sacrifice and service of the brave men and women who's memories live on, their names now join the heroes of 9-11.

Couer d'Alene Police say the two basalt columns are just the first part of the memorial. They plan to add a stone plaza as well as a Fallen Heroes Wall, and they hope to have it all complete by July of 2009.

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