YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN)- A local observance remembering police who gave their lives serving the community was held Friday morning.

But before that got underway, a number of officers gathered outside our studios.

They then drove or rode in a processional to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in downtown Youngstown.

It’s all in memory of the officers who dedicated their lives to law enforcement.

For more than thirty years, police from around the Valley have taken time during this week before Memorial Day to pay honor to those local officers who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Dozens gathered Friday morning at the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel for the annual Fallen Officers Memorial service.

They paid respects to nearly thirty law enforcement officers who have died while on active duty since the late 1800s.

“I think that what we have to remember in this, today is these officers that came before us and actually made the ultimate sacrifice, they put their lives on the line not knowing what is going to happen, not knowing what is going on when they jump into that line of fire,” said Lowellville Police Chief Rick Alli.