Miami-Dade Offers Tribute to Fallen Officers

The Dade County Police Benevolent Association (PBA) will display the “Fallen Officer Tribute” during the month of September.

In honor of the law enforcement officers who have died in service, the Dade County Police Benevolent Association (PBA) has declared the month of September "Fallen Officer Tribute Month."

During the entire month, PBA will have the “Fallen Officer Tribute” on display, which consists of 138 “I Died for You” t-shirts, life-sized photographs and informational boards on the fallen officers.

"We have lost too many – too many brave men and women have died serving and protecting our community. This tribute is about duty, sacrifice and honor, values and convictions that every officer embodies," said John Rivera, PBA President.

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This will be the fifth annual tribute to the officers, which hopes to serve as a reminder of the work they did for the community.

"They never really forget and that's beautiful," said Elizabeth Somohano, who lost her husband Jose Lazaro Somohano, a Miami-Dade police officer.

"He passed away Sept 13 of 2007. He was involved in an AK-47 spring down in the Cutler Ridge Homestead area," she said.

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The tribute to the officers does not include department names, symbolically representing unity, the PBA said.

"We do live with the constant reminder, but it is also very humbling that they dedicated a certain month to remember all of the fallen and also to create awareness," Somohano said. "It’s not only a job but to remember these individuals gave their lives as well as family members."

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