JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)
The Missouri Capitol dome and the Missouri law enforcement memorial are lit up blue Friday night to honor law enforcement officers who died the past year.
A candlelight vigil was held Friday night to honor them. On Saturday, there will be eight officers who will have their names added to the wall of honor.
Some of those officers include north Kansas City officer Daniel Vasquez--and two Joplin officers Benjamin Cooper and Jake Reed.
All three were shot and killed in the line of duty.
Miller County Sheriff’s Office Detention Sgt. Janell L. Visser will also be honored at the memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday. Visser died Jan. 9, 2022, from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19, according to a press release.
Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday ordered the Capitol dome to be lit blue from Friday night through Saturday morning.
“Behind every badge is a hero who has sworn to protect and serve, and for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, we will never forget their dedication to making our state a safer place for Missouri families,” Parson said in the press release. “Let us honor these courageous individuals and their families still with us today, as we are forever inspired by their selflessness and commitment to our communities.”