CINCINNATI -- Hundreds gathered to pay their respects to fallen members of Cincinnati's police force in the annual police memorial parade Tuesday morning with a special focus on Officer Sonny Kim, who died last June from three shots in an ambush on a Madisonville street.
The ceremony at the memorial included a rendition of "Taps," a flyover and a 21-gun salute. Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac presented a posthumous medal of valor for Kim to his wife, Jessica. The Cincinnati Honor Guard laid a wreath at the memorial as well.
"You get stunned. It’s like a loss in the family because we are family. Losing Sonny was like losing a brother, and that’s the way we all feel about it," said Sgt. Dan Hils, president of the Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police.
This more-than-50-year-old tradition not only honors those lost in the line of duty, but it serves as a chance for police to reach out to the community. Each district plans to hold an open house for the public to meet their neighborhood officers and learn about K-9 and SWAT units.
The schedule for open houses at the districts is as follows:
District One and Central Business District: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday