Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Each name read aloud at St. Joseph Cathedral in Downtown Buffalo represented a fallen hero, including Herman Radel. Radel died in a crash chasing a criminal in Delaware Park back in 1919.
"There was a great respect for Herman, which was passed on to his children, and we passed it on to our children," Radel's Grandson Richard Radel said.
His family, along with many others, were at the cathedral to honor the memory and sacrifice of those who died in the line of duty. Radel's granddaughter, Jacquelyn Dragonette, said the feeling of pride has been passed on through generations. She said he has had so much of an influence, that her grandson wants to go into law enforcement, already serving in the military. She said with pride comes concern.
"You have to be proud because he served in the military, but you're always worried. Now, he wants to go into law enforcement so you're always going to worry," Dragonette said.
Many city officials, including Mayor Byron Brown, and United States Attorney William Hochul spoke out for the men and women in uniform.
The mother of fallen New York State Trooper David Brinkerhoff also said a few words.
Law enforcement officials said they were not only honoring the fallen heroes, but also their families. They said having this ceremony every year truly keeps memories of their loved ones alive, and unites the families with one common goal.
"We're here for every officer that gave their life," Radel's Grandson Cal Ruthenberg said.
The ceremony on Monday was in recognition of Police Week, and for the day President John F. Kennedy set aside as a day of solemn tribute to all officers killed in the line of duty.
The interfaith ceremony included a wreath presentation.