Loved ones honor fallen officers during memorial walk

They swear to protect and serve, all while putting their lives ahead of anyone else's.  Today the men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty were honored at the 11th Annual Fallen Officer Memorial 5k run/walk.
 
On the afternoon of December 27, 2014, the body camera Flagstaff Police Officer Tyler Stewart was wearing captured this footage as he approached a domestic violence suspect.

"Don't have any weapons in your pocket or anything like that? Okay...Okay..."

What happens next is too graphic to show, but Flagstaff Police say the suspect pulled out a gun. You can hear several shots just before the camera goes to the ground. Officer Stewart died as a result of those gun shots. 

"Tyler was just an awesome young man," said Frank Stewart, Tyler's father. "He loved what he was doing; he loved being a police officer." 

Frank Stewart says the loss has been a difficult one.

The support, however, has been overwhelming. Stewart was in town to participate in the 11th Annual Fallen Officer Memorial 5k run/walk.

"I've buried several of my friends for DPS, but I never thought I would be here for my son," Frank said.

Last year, 8 Arizona officers lost their lives. Today, 1500 people attended the run and each runner and walker remembered every hero.

Tiffany Cortez's husband, Phoenix Police Officer George Cortez, was killed 8 years ago.

"You live it and your heart breaks for that family because you know what they're going to go through, the worst is yet to come," said Cortez.

"It's tough," said Frank. "Every day is tough. It's only been a couple of months since he passed away."

Stewart says he takes comfort in seeing how much his son meant to so many and how his sacrifice will be remembered forever.
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