The ultimate sacrifice made by peace officers is inspiring our Jackson County worker

(KTVL/ Kimberly Kolliner)

MEDFORD, Ore. - Singler Plaza held their first Jackson County Peace Officer Memorial.

The plaza was named after our county clerk Chris Walker's family member.

"My great grandfather August Singler was killed in the line of duty serving the citizens of Jackson County," Walker said.

Former Sheriff Singler watched over the county as sheriff from January to April of 1913 before being shot while responding to a call.

For his service he was honored.

Past and present generations who lost their lives were also remembered.

"The price paid by those who have perished will not be forgotten," Jackson County Sheriff Sickler said.

60,000 assaults on police officers are reported each year.

Just last year, 135 service men and women were killed.

"You know it is the ultimate sacrifice, and sometimes law enforcement is not an easy profession. It's certainly not easy for the families that have lost loved ones and I think you have to honor that and you have to respect that because moving forward we have to know that it's for something meaningful," Sheriff Sickler said.

Although not everyone pays with the ultimate sacrifice - many are inspired by the efforts of our peace officers.

"I'd like to think that I’m kind of carrying on his legacy by serving the people of Jackson County. No, I am in law enforcement, but by serving as your county clerk I try to give back to the community, to the citizens, and part of that is continuing his legacy of service to the citizens."

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