DENVER (CBS4) – Denver stopped Thursday morning to honor its fallen officers, laying wreaths at the memorial at police headquarters.

Police Chief Robert White remembered those fallen, not only as officers, but also as family members — fathers, sons, mothers and daughters.

PHOTO GALLERY: Denver’s Fallen Officers Remembered

Mayor Michael Hancock says the names are a reminder of a sacred trust.

“These 72 names behind us represent our sense of duty and commitment to our residents in our great city,” Hancock said. “They chose a career where service to others outweighs service to self.”

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The department also added a historic name to the monument — Detective Michael Dowd. He was badly injured in a shootout with a suspect in 1969 but lived and served until 1997 when he died from complications of that shooting.

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