BOONE COUNTY, Ind. – A special tribute to fallen officers is on display at the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.
They installed a Christmas tree with 137 blue ornaments to represent the 137 officers killed in the line of duty this year, including Boone County’s own Deputy Jacob Pickett.
“It means a lot to all of us – we were all very close. He was a wonderful officer, and it’s our way of honoring him and the other 136 officers that have been killed this year,” said Mike Gideon, Boone County Senior Dispatch Officer.
Each ornament was hand-written with the officer’s name, rank, and end of watch date.
"That's a life. That's a life that matters. That's a chair that's empty. That's a car that's not being driven. That is an incredible hero that's no longer walking our streets, so it meant something,” said Joni Scott, Boone Co Sheriff’s Office Chaplain.
After Christmas, each ornament will be sent to the department where the officer worked.
“It may just seem like a bulb you’re sending someone but it’s not, and I think it’s going to mean a great deal to them,” said Scott.