Family, friends and colleagues honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Southern Nevada law enforcement at Police Memorial Park on Thursday.
“It’s very humbling. To know what our family went through, we share with other families,” said Kris Slagle, who’s husband, North Las Vegas police officer James “Jim” Slagle, was killed nearly 40 years ago on Nov. 30 1973. He was 24 years old.
Officer Slagle was chasing three robbery suspects when his patrol car crashed into a pickup truck.
“There’s not a time we don’t remember Jim,” Kris Slagle said.
In total, 31 fallen officers from Southern Nevada law enforcement agencies were honored with the ceremony.
The oldest case they honored was for Night Watchman Joe Mulholland, who was shot and killed at a local saloon on Oct. 1, 1905, by a man he had let go hours earlier because the jail cell was too damp and wet.
The most recent fallen officer honored was High Desert State Prison Correctional Officer Tracy Hardin, who died on Jan. 20, 2012, from injuries he suffered during a struggle with an inmate.
According to Las Vegas police, there have been no line-of-duty deaths in the Southern Nevada Law Enforcement community this year.
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