It's a staggering statistic- around 150 law enforcement officers die every year in the line of duty all across the country.
This weekend a vigil was held in Montgomery to honor the lives of those lost this past year in Alabama.
The annual vigil by the Alabama chapter of the Concerns of Police Survivors draws family and friends from across the state even out of the state.
They see it as a way to honor their loved ones and also cope with their loss connecting with people who are in their same shoes.
Richard Barker, his son killed January 2004 said, "It really gives us an opportunity to reconnect with our son and still be a part of that, that group, that thin blue line that we talk about it really gives us an opportunity to feel like he's still right there."
This vigil leads up to National Police Week set for May 11th through the 17th.