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More than 350 pay tribute to slain law enforcement officers at Buffalo service

More than 350 police officers, public officials and relatives of officers killed in the line of duty gathered Monday in St. Joseph Catholic Cathedral in Buffalo for the 2017 Law Enforcement Memorial Service.

Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown told the families of the fallen officers that their loved ones would never be forgotten. He also thanked officers for fighting crime every day and forging strong ties with citizens.

In describing the qualities of a true hero, state police Major Steven Nigrelli said slain officers willingly gave up their lives to save others. "They ran toward gunfire. They jumped into raging water to save a life. They went into the dark seeking the unknown. That's what heroes do," Nigrelli said.

Others paying tribute included Buffalo Deputy Police Commissioner Kimberly Beaty, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn and Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr.

A procession of law enforcement officers after a Law Enforcement Memorial Service at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Buffalo on Monday May 15, 2017. After the service the attendees observed the laying of a wreath at the Police Memorial on Franklin Street. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

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