SD Officers Added to Nat'l Police Memorial

By Lindsay Hood
|  Monday, May 16, 2011  |  Updated 10:37 AM PDT
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Images: Remembering a Fallen Deputy

Three San Diego officers, Christopher Wilson, Kenneth Collier, and Dan Benavides, were killed in the line of duty in 2010.

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The names of three San Diego law enforcement officers, who died in the line of duty, are now etched in stone in Washington, D.C.

During National Peace Officers Memorial Day on Friday, the names of C.H.P. officer Daniel Nava Benavides, San Diego Sheriff's deputy Kenneth James Collier and San Diego Police officer Christopher Alan Wilson, along with the names of 313 other fallen officers, were added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

The fallen officers and their families were honored in a ceremony led by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. on the Mall outside the U.S. Capitol.

San Diego police officer Christopher Wilson, 50, was shot and killed October 2010,when San Diego police officers and U.S. Marshals were checking on a probationer in the Skyline neighborhood of San Diego.

San Diego Sheriff's Deputy Kenneth Collier, 39, died February 2010 after his patrol car crashed into a bridge abutment and rolled hundreds of feet down a freeway embankment, while chasing an alleged wrong-way driver.

San Diego CHP pilot Daniel Benavides, 39, died May 2010 while flying over the Imperial Valley during a routine patrol when his plane crashed for unknown reasons.

The officer’s names were etched on the east wall of the memorial.

All three officers were killed in 2010. Nationwide, 152 police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2010.

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