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Legacies of 119 KCPD officers killed in the line of duty honored at memorial

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A display of 119 American flags served to honor each police officer killed in the line of duty throughout the Kansas City Police Department's history.

Laura Miller-Harmon met her husband at KC police headquarters; it’s also where she comes to honor Phil Miller's memory.

"He died doing what he loved, protecting people of this city, protecting the school he went to but mostly he died fighting against the wrongs of this world," she said. "He was knocked down, disarmed of his service weapon and shot with his own gun."

She stood there alongside countless others who share the same grief. All the names of the 119 KCPD officers killed in the line of duty were read at a ceremony on Thursday.

The list started in 1881 and the last added in 2001.

"Let’s just watch out for one another, be safe and care for one another and the families of those who have fallen," Police Chief Darryl Forte said.

After thanking the officers for their service, Harmon made a request to help keep her husband's killer behind bars. She’s asking for signatures.

"Here are people out here who don’t want him released. the petition is to keep him in jail behind bars so no one else can be hurt," Harmon said.

Even after his death, Harmon continues to honor her husband by fighting for his legacy.

July 14 is Ronnie Trotter's parole hearing. She said she will present the petition then to make sure he stays behind bars.