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Sheriff's department Christmas tree is a memorial to 142 fallen officers

The department lost an officer last March. Deputy Jacob Pickett was killed in the line of duty while assisting officers in a pursuit of a criminal suspect.
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LEBANON, Ind. (WTHR) - Emergency services dispatchers in Boone County have up with a unique idea for honoring police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Blue ornaments adorn a nine-foot-tall tree in the lobby of the Boone County Sheriff's Department. The names of one of 142 fallen police officers is handwritten on each ornament, along with their rank, department and end of watch date.

The department lost an officer last March. Deputy Jacob Pickett was killed in the line of duty while assisting officers in a pursuit of a criminal suspect.

“This was an idea that came to me from three of our communications officers last Friday evening," said Sheriff Mike Nielsen. "Once I heard of the idea, I was all in on the project. They worked with our chaplains and ran with it. What a great way to honor Jake and all those that have paid that ultimate sacrifice. We will never forget.”

The department plans to mail each ornament to their respective departments after this holiday season.