PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- Today is a day to honor those around the country who lost their lives in the line of duty, as part of National Peace Officer Memorial Day.
This morning, the Punta Gorda Police Department took time to recognize the men and women who gave their lives to keep the community safe.
With more than a century of service, the Punta Gorda Police Department has lost two officers in the line of duty. Today, those officers got a special salute.
City Marshal John Bowman and Assistant Chief Richard Beecher have been honored with benches and a memorial garden. Bowman was assassinated in 1903. Beecher was killed during a roadblock in 1978.
The Punta Gorda Police Department says there's still work to be done on the memorial garden.