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Fallen Officers Honored at Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

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The family of California Highway Patrol pilot Daniel Nava Benavides, wife Megan and daughter Madeline, peel tape to reveal his name etched on the Wall of Light, during the 27th Annual Law Enforcement Memorial. (Courtesy: Dale Frost)Uniformed law enforcement members from throughout San Diego County paused to remember fallen officers slain in the line of duty.

The 27th annual Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony was held on May 4, 2011, at the “Wall of Light” remembrance at the San Diego County Administration Center.

Sadly, two more names were added to the 82 names already etched on the glass “Wall of Light.”

California Highway Patrol pilot Daniel Nava Benavides was killed on May 7, 2010, in a plane crash while patrolling in Southern California near the Imperial County Line.

San Diego Police Department Officer Christopher A. Wilson was fatally wounded on October 27, 2010, while serving an arrest warrant for a violent felon.

“This solemn memorial is a reminder of the great sacrifice that the men and women of law enforcement are willing to make to create safer communities,” said Harbor Police Chief John Bolduc.

The 27th annual Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony was held on May 4, 2011, at the “Wall of Light” remembrance at the San Diego County Administration Center. (Courtesy: Dale Frost)Taps was played during the solemn remembrance ceremony for slain law enforcement officers. (Courtesy: Dale Frost)The Harbor Police Firestorm 32 patrol boat made a water display in nearby San Diego Bay during the memorial ceremony. (Courtesy: Dale Frost)The family of Christopher A. Wilson, wife Tracy and daughter Kaylee, peel tape to reveal his name etched on the Wall of Light. (Courtesy: Dale Frost)

The Harbor Police Department is the law enforcement arm of the Port of San Diego.

“Few professions demand the daily commitment to risk one’s life for the sake of others,” he said.

The memorial recognizes local, county, state and federal law enforcement officers.

The annual remembrance is sponsored by the San Diego County Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation.

As homeport to the U.S. Navy’s Third Fleet, two cargo terminals, a cruise ship terminal and because of its close proximity to San Diego International Airport, the Port of San Diego is one of 17 U.S. ports that are considered strategic ports. Harbor security is a dominant factor in the Port’s daily operations and the Harbor Police Department works closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, the Navy, Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the California Office of Homeland Security, California National Guard and other state and local agencies to administer an over-arching regional and integrated approach to port and seaport security.