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Officers come together for St. Louis Police Officers' Memorial Breakfast

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An officer lighting a candle in memory of fallen officers at the St. Louis Police Officer's Memorial Breakfast (Credit: KMOV) An officer lighting a candle in memory of fallen officers at the St. Louis Police Officer's Memorial Breakfast (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Friday morning, St. Louis honored the 165 city police officers killed in the line of duty since the department was founded.

Law enforcement from St. Louis city and county, along with Mayor Lyda Krewson, attended the St. Louis Police Officer’s Memorial Breakfast to pay tribute. All of the surviving families at the breakfast were given a badge with the name of the fallen officer.

St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden said he’s grateful it has been several years since the last officer died in the line of duty and he hopes it stays that way.

"Our retirement and recruitment is still keeping up with each other right now. We're still at 137 officers short," said Hayden.

The last St. Louis City officer killed while on duty was 34-year-old Daryl Hall, who was shot and killed seven years ago.

Public Safety Director Judge Jimmie Edwards also spoke at the event and News 4’s Claire Kellet was the emcee.

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