PIKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — A memorial to state troopers killed in the line of duty brought families together in Pikesville.

Pat Warren reports on the tribute to Maryland fallen heroes.

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The tribute paid to fallen troopers brings the state police family together each year–and this year is no exception. Milton Purnell’s family was there.

“And we thank our Maryland State Police family for always thinking about us and realizing it’s always a struggle when we go through this,” said Viola Purnell.

End of watch for Milton Purnell was a car crash in 1975. Forty-three state troopers have their names engraved at the Fallen Heroes Memorial at state police headquarters in Pikesville.

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“To all my fellow troopers who with courage carry on, know my spirit rides beside you. I will see you in the dawn,” said Greg Shipley, Maryland State Police.

Governor Hogan greeted family members and friends, speaking on behalf of the citizens of the state.

“Keeping you in their thoughts, in their hearts and in their prayers. There’s no way to express the feelings. But today, we are here to honor those 43 fallen heroes. But what I also want to honor–the men and women who every single day put on those uniforms and put their lives on the line for our citizens,” the governor said.

This tribute comes in advance of National Police Week.

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Maryland troopers are among the law enforcement officers participating in a 250 mile bike ride this weekend to raise awareness and money for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.