Officers killed in line of duty honored at Capitol

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Police from around the state met west of the Capitol Thursday morning to add two names to the memorial honoring fallen police officers.

Dozens of officers paid tribute to North Salt Lake Police officer Charlie Skinner, who was killed last November when his car lost control during a high speed pursuit.

His widow, Kaitlyn, received a Purple Heart award and helped unveil Skinner's name on the memorial wall.

She told the crowd, "My husband was a great man to myself and to his two twins who were three weeks old when their dad died."

She also said her husband was "truly a hero" and that she hopes he'll be remembered as such.

Bagpipe music and the sound of taps accompanied today's ceremony, which also honored former Cedar City Police Chief George Stanley Davis. He died in an accidental shooting in 1969.

The ceremony also included American flags standing west of the Fallen Officers Monument, one for each officer who has died in the line of duty. Following the ceremony, a flag was removed as each name was read.

Later this week, Officer Skinner's family will travel to Washington D.C., where his name will be unveiled on the national fallen officer's memorial.



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