Saint Andrews Catholic Church in Newtown hosted a memorial Monday evening for Bucks County police officers who died in the line of duty. Many members of the public and current officers appeared to honor those who risked and lost their lives protecting the community.

The honor guard stands at attention. Photo by Manny Jones.

Bucks County has lost 12 police officers in the line of duty since 1912. The service’s honor guard, comprised of police officers from different municipalities, presented a wreath at the alter to commemorate the officers.

Family of fallen officers were in attendance also honored. Toni Hanusey, mother of a fallen police officer John E. Hanusey of Plumstead PD, uses this time every year to remember her son.

“You learn you never forget when you lose a child,” Hunesy said. “But this is a good remembrance, and you think about the happy times you had with your child.”

District Attorney Matt Weintraub also expressed his gratitude.

Photo by Manny Jones.

“We have an all to recent remember that every time these men and women on our police force go out they risk their lives and it’s very important for us to come to a service like this to be reminded and we should remember daily.”

There was also a moment of silence for State Trooper Donald Bracket who passed away on Saturday, May 18th while on duty.

WBCB’s Manny Jones contributed to this post.