DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — All give some... some give all.

On Thursday, the Durant Police Department and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 113 honored the men and woman of Bryan County who lost their lives in the line of duty.

"Not so much remember how they lost their lives, but we want to remember how they lived," said Durant police Sgt. Nick Spencer.

Sixteen blue roses — to fill in the blue line — represented Bryan County law enforcement officers who sacrificed their lives to protect the people of Oklahoma.

"It's an honor, but it also opens wounds up," said Shelley Russell, the mother of Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Nicolas Dees, who lost his life on January 31, 2015. "It was just tragic when I got the knock on the door at 12:10 a.m. on February the 1st."

Russell has now heard her son's name read aloud at this ceremony nine times.

"He wanted to be an OHP trooper, you know, since he was little," Russell remembered.

Nicholas Dees only got to live out that dream for 18 months. The trooper was killed in the line of duty after being hit by a driver who was texting, eight days after his 30th birthday.

"Even if he knew it was going to happen, he would still do it; he went out to that scene to protect and serve the State of Oklahoma," Shelley Russell said.

Just like the other 15 men and woman who were honored at Thursday's memorial. Their lives may have been lost, but they will never be forgotten.

"Remember them as they were, and keep that memory going," Spencer said.

"It's a very strong reminder of the sacrifices that are made for all of our safety and security," said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Scott Hampton. "Their sacrifice isn't lost on all of us."