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13 names added to fallen police officers memorial at NYS Fair

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The names of 13 police officers, who died in the line of duty in the past year, are now engraved in bricks at the Fallen Officers Memorial at the New York State Fair.

The fallen police officers memorial at the New York State Fair grew this year. 

The names of 13 law enforcement officers rang out at the fairgrounds as police and government officials joined a memorial for those officers who died in the line of duty in 2019. It included officers who died from cancer linked to 9/11. Joining the ceremony was New York State Attorney General Letitia James.

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New York Attorney General Letitia James.

"It’s critically importortant that we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifices and those who died as a result of 9/11," James said. "It’s so important that we pause during our busy schedules to say thank you.”

James is also concerned about a rash of suicides that has plagued the New York City Police Department since June.

“There are nine police officers who took their lives," James said. "So my message is any law enforcement in the State of New York, if they’re struggling with any issues, they should come forward, they’re not alone. That one shot not only impacts their lives, but their family and community."