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Memorial honors Metro police officers killed in line of duty

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The sound of bagpipes rang through First Baptist Church in Nashville on Wednesday as Metro officers paused to remember all of the men and woman who have given their lives while serving the city.

Hundreds of people braved the rain to honor the memory and sacrifices made by 44 men and women who died working to keep Nashville safe, including Officer Michael Petrina, who died Saturday morning.

While the memorial service was specifically to remember Metro police killed in the line of duty, first responders from all over the area turned out in a show of solidarity and respect.

Even though Belle Meade police Chief Tim Eads hasn't lost any members of his force, he says it's important to be present at the service.

"Law enforcement is a very tight family," Eads said.

It's a family bound by the gun, the shield and the ever-present threat of danger and death.

"One of our main goals is to make it to the end of our shift and show up tomorrow. We all understand there's a risk," Eads said.

They also understand that police officers don't always make it home. Metro Officer Marsha Brown says police walk out the door every day knowing this could be their last.

"You never know. You wake up in the morning and you don't know if this is your day," she said.

Petrina is the latest name to make it on the list of police who made the ultimate sacrifice, and for Eads, it's a reminder of how important it is for him to let his team know one thing as they head out to their cruisers.

"I usually sign off with, 'Be safe,'" he said.

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