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LAFAYETTE, La. -

Acadiana is paying tribute to police officers killed in the line of duty as part of National Police Week. A memorial service was held in Lafayette for friends, family, and colleagues of the fallen. Their brothers in blue honored 21 fallen officers from across Acadiana, all killed in the line of duty since 1926. 

Lieutenant Judith Estorge, commander of the honor guard in Lafayette, represented Lafayette Police Department at this week's ceremonies in Washington D.C.

"It started off Saturday night. There was a candlelight vigil, and there were thousands of officers from around the country at this vigil. They read off all the names of the police officers who were killed in 2016. Being a member of the honor guard, it's always been a dream to attend," says Estorge. 

In Lafayette, the service started with a patriotic song as St. Barnabas Church was filled with police officers and those who were there to honor them. Candles were lit to honor the fallen officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in Acadiana, and prayers were said on their behalf. 

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed the week of May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Week. For Toby Aguillard, this is his first year in observance as police chief. 

"This ceremony was beautiful today. It's a beautiful reminder of the past of our heroes, and for me as chief to be a part of this is a great honor," says Aguillard. 

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