BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement honored two officers who died last year.

Officer Brian Olliff, Sargent Nicholas Tullier, and Kano the K-9 were honored. Their families were also there for the special moment at the Old State Capital Friday.

Since 1997, the Louisiana Legislature has recognized the service and sacrifices made by officers.

There have been a total of 144 Medal Honor Recipients since the program was created.
Louisiana Commission leaders said ceremonies like this are important to loved ones and close family friends.

“Our staff has always considered it an honor and a privilege to be able to recognize police officers killed in the line of duty. How important it is to honor those people and let the families know how much we appreciate their service,” said Jim Craft, executive director of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement.

During the ceremony, law enforcement officials reflected on each life lost and their significance to the community.

Craft said he’s hoping that one day they’ll have a year where they won’t need to gather in hopes of officers going unharmed, but until then, they’ll do what needs to be done in order to remember them.