COVINGTON, La. -- June 13, 2007 is a day Linden Raimer will never forget. It's the day his son Beau Raimer, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputy, was killed while taking part in the funeral of another fallen deputy when a bad storm sent a pine tree into his patrol car.
"We miss him tremendously,” said Raimer, “They say time heals all, but I guess, so far, there hasn't been enough time."
But Raimer says it helps to know he isn't the only one who remembers, which was evident at a memorial service for all lost law enforcement Tuesday.
The names of every deputy, officer and trooper from St. Tammany Parish, killed while serving their communities, were read and honored at the service.
Family members of the fallen were thanked for their loved ones' sacrifice.
“It's very difficult for the families. It brings it back real strong. But to remember all the fallen officers is a fantastic thing," Raimer said.
This event isn't just for family members of fallen law enforcement; it's for their colleagues too.
“To show our deputies that there is an appreciation for the duty, not only from those of us at the sheriff's office or in law enforcement, but as a community," said St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain.
And maintain a memory for those who gave the greatest sacrifice, so it will never fade.
This is the 17th year the memorial service has been held in St. Tammany Parish.