By Pilar Arias
The San Antonio Police Department held their annual fallen officers memorial Wednesday during National Police Week.
This year, the names of 58 men and women killed in the line of duty in the history of the department were read aloud. Among them, Detective Benjamin Marconi, who was gunned down nearly six months ago in front of Public Safety Headquarters.
“I’ve gone through so many of these and it never changes. The pain is always, always there,” SAPD Chief William McManus said.
Some members of Marconi’s family were in attendance at the tribute at the San Antonio Police Training Academy, where Marconi’s name and picture were added to the memorial wall.
“A lot of this sometimes still feels very surreal,” Tom Marconi said in response to his brother being honored. He, along with two other family members, thanked the community for their support during their time of grief.
The memorial ceremony included a 21-gun salute, the sounding of Taps, SAPD Pipes and Drums performances and a fly over by the SAPD Blue Eagle.