“Putting a face with a name makes it more meaningful,” Whetsel said.
He reflected on the service's meaning.
“Law enforcement never forgets these people — never,” he said. “This is a good service for our citizens, but it's good for us as well.”
The Rev. John Metzinger, pastor of the church, shared remarks at the Mass.
“We thank you for all you do and for your commitment,” he told the law enforcement officers seated in the front pews of the church.
Detective Marion Cain of the Edmond Police Department carried a flower in memory of Glen Collins of the Shawnee Police Department, who died in 2005.
“The entire ceremony was well-done,” Cain said. “It's great to remember these people.”
Whetsel also asked the congregation to honor those injured, currently on duty and family members of law enforcement officers.
After Communion, the Sheriff's Honor Guard provided a gun salute to the fallen officers in a courtyard just outside the sanctuary.
“Taps” was played, and Anne Keef of St. John the Baptist sang “A Man in Blue.”
Keef also placed a rose at the altar in honor of Sgt. Jonathan Dragus of the Oklahoma City Police Department. Dragus, Keef's son-in-law, died in 2005 during a pursuit.