2 local men among fallen heroes being honored

Channel 4 reporter who lost her father 'humbled, honored' to cover story

WASHINGTON, D.C. - It is National Police Week in Washington D.C., where a ceremony will be held Tuesday honoring the 10 law enforcement officers across the country who died during 2012.

Two local heroes' names were recently inscribed among more than 19,000 names on the National Law Enforcement Memorial: Clay County Detective David White and Florida Corrections Officer Ruben Thomas of Lake City.

The ceremony has been held every year since 1962, when President John F. Kennedy proclaimed this week to honor fallen officers. The curving blue-gray marble walls with all those names on it was dedicated in 1991.

Thousands of people began flowing into Washington over the weekend to participate in a number of events honoring those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The official ceremony at the memorial and U.S. Capitol building will be Wednesday.

Channel 4's Erica Rakow, whose father, Scott Rakow (pictured, right), was a Miami Beach police officer shot and killed in 1988 when she was only a baby, is with local families and coworkers who made the trip to see their loved ones honored.

Rakow grew up going to law enforcement memorials every year -- local, the state memorial in Tallahassee, and the national memorial in Washington.

"Although I was too young to remember my father, I know him through pictures, stories and news clips," Rakow said. "At this wall, I really learned about the sacrifice my father and so many other officers have made while trying to keep the neighborhoods you and I live in safe."

IMAGES: Scott Rakow killed in line of duty, July 1988

Rakow said she is humbled and honored to be in Washington to help honor the lives and stories of White and Thomas. She will be live from the Law Enforcement Memorial Monday evening and all day Tuesday during events.

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