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Law enforcement memorial in Deer Lodge

In this file photo from 2015, the Deer Lodge Veterans Honor Guard stands at attention during an annual service that honors law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Deer Lodge's annual Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony will take place at noon Wednesday in the Old Montana Prison Yard.

Jodi Moore, widow of murdered Broadwater County Deputy Sheriff Mason Moore, will be the guest speaker.

Mason Moore was inducted into the Law Enforcement Hall of Honor last year to recognize his ultimate sacrifice in 2017. His photo has been on the memorial's podium for the past year. Following Wednesday's ceremony, Jodi Moore will officially place it on the Wall of Honor.

Deputy Moore, 42, was shot and killed May 16, 2017 while involved in a pursuit of a vehicle near mile marker 109 on Highway 287, south of I-90 near Three Forks.

During Wednesday's ceremony, the Deer Lodge Veterans Honor Guard will present the colors and the Powell County High School Select Choir will perform.

A total of 129 officers in Montana who have died in the line of duty are memorialized in the Law Enforcement Hall of Honor at the Old Montana Prison.

No officer was killed in Montana in 2018, but 106 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents across the United States last year, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Of these 106 incidents, 55 officers died as a result of felonious acts, and 51 officers died in accidents. 

According to the April 2018 Journal of Preventive Medicine, the overall rate of nonfatal injuries received by law enforcement officials in the line of duty is 635 per 10,000 full-time equivalent. That's three times higher than the rate for other American workers. 

Wednesday's ceremony, which aims to “Remember the Fallen, and Thank the Living," is open to the public as well as law enforcement. Attendees are asked to bring or donate a blue rose.

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