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Dozens gathered to remember Columbus police officers who died in the line of duty. The community watch organization "Columbus Against Drugs" held a memorial at the Public Safety Building.

Officer Ed Osborne was shot and killed in 1994 on the corner of Bell Street and Henry Avenue. He was taking home a 15 year-old boy who had violated curfew, when the teenager shot Osborne in the head. Officer Robin Rich was with Osborne the night he was killed.

"Ed was a personal friend of mine, a great officer, and it means a lot that they remember him each year like this," Rich said.

Once a year a memorial is held to honor Osborne and 22 other Columbus police officers who died in the line of duty. Whether these people knew Officer Osborne or not, they all feel the loss because they are all connected.

"Your heart goes out to the officer's families and it hurts real deep because he's family, we're all family," said Major Julius Graham.

"We feel that we owe them this, showing that we appreciate what they're doing," said David Lockett of Columbus Against Drugs.

For officers who risk their lives everyday, there are no words for the outpouring of support from the community.

"We go out here each night and put our lives on the line, and the appreciation and support from the citizens..we know that we're not doing it in vain," said Officer Rich.

Tonight's memorial wasn't just to recognize police officers, but firefighters and EMS workers as well. "Columbus Against Drugs" wanted to show all public safety workers their appreciation for the jobs they do.

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