Columbia, SC (WLTX) – Wednesday, police chaplains from around the world gathered at the First Baptist Church in Columbia to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
"You are talking about men and women that lay their life on the line. They are standing between us and those who want to do harm, its a very stressful job," said Lexington County Chaplain Dave DeDonato.
Hundreds of chaplains from around the country and abroad packed the chapel taking a moment to remember those who lost their lives.
DeDonato is a retired army chaplain and now works as a chaplain in Lexington County.
"There is a fit of the same thing for ministry and presence of being with the troops and soldiers and it was just an easy transfer to law enforcement."
Chaplains give spiritual guidance to the men and women who protect us.
From the battlefield to the streets of downtown, DeDonato says it's a more active role than one would imagine.
"It runs from being in a cruiser with them, being at crime scenes when we are called, walking the fire line, to being in the back of an ambulance."
A few years ago Aiken lost two officers in the line of duty. He says Chaplains give counseling as well as organizing funerals.
"We as chaplains are a safe person to come to and to ventilate to and sometimes they don't want to come to their colleagues."
As the pictures of all the officers who died flashed across the screen, officers stood in their honor holding up a blue light; signifying that they may be gone... but never forgotten.