Jacksonville police honor fallen officers

Published On: May 02 2012 05:06:02 PM EDT   Updated On: May 03 2012 12:19:52 AM EDT

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office pauses Wednesday to honor police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Officers gathered for their annual Tribute to Our Fallen Officers ceremony.

Since 1840, 60 Jacksonville police officers have died in the line of duty.

Family members honored their loved ones Wednesday and watched as JSO unveiled a sign dedicating the Interstate 10 and Interstate 295 overpass to the fallen heroes.

Charles Shinholser had a week left as a motorcycle cop when he was hit on his motorcycle and killed.

"It's very hard for me and my wife to deal with losing a son, and for the first few years, I almost lost my mind, just like any other mother or father would do," said Charles Shinholser Sr.

So Shinholser Sr. started the northeast chapter of an organization called Concerns of Police Survivors, or C.O.P.S., to help families in his shoes fight through the pain.

"Being able to help somebody else helps you and I think that's with anything," he said. "If you help somebody else, you get more out of it than the person you're trying to help."

Shinholser helps people like Lonnie Miller Jr., who's dad was shot by a robber who's never been caught.

"Our family has confidence and faith in the judicial system," Miller said. "Even though it's been 17 years, we still hope that one day justice will be served."

Once a year, these brave men are honored for their service, and every day, their family members try to cope with their loss and make sure their loved one's legacy lives on for sacrificing their lives to keep residents safe.

"As long as I'm living, my son will never die. That's my motto," Shinholser Sr. said.