Published: May 18, 2011 4:37 PM EDT
Updated: May 18, 2011 4:37 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- As part of police week, several agencies participated in an emotional memorial at the Lee County Sheriff's Office to honor officers lost in the line of duty.

Hundreds of people gathered to salute and pay tribute to every officer killed in the line of duty. Sheriff Michael Scott told the crowd it has a special meaning to local law enforcement this year. Officer David Wagoner of the Cape Coral Police Department was recently shot three times during a traffic stop and survived.

The chaplain prayed, a local school performed and a crowd of officers and their families showed their appreciation for the men and women who put their lives on the line. it all means a lot to Donnie Fewell who lost his twin brother in the 1980's.

"To me, I'll never forget the loss," Fewell said. "There was an emptiness that night that never goes away. I don't want him every to be forgot for what he did for this community."

Every 53 hours an officer is killed in the line of duty. 56,000 officers are assaulted every year.