ANCHORAGE (KTUU) It’s a ceremony to honor the fallen.
Sgt. Allen Brandt.
The Anchorage Memorial Ceremony for fallen law enforcement officers was held Friday afternoon where 68 names were read off of the officers who have died in the line of duty in Alaska since 1897.
The name of Fairbanks Sgt. Allen Brandt was added to the memorial this year.
Sgt. Brandt was shot several times on October 16th, 2016 when responding to a call of shots fired in downtown Fairbanks.
He later passed away on October 28th due to complications during eye surgery, he was 34 years old.
Brandt’s family was not at Friday’s ceremony. Fairbanks Deputy Chief Brad Johnson said they were preparing to travel to Washington D.C. for a ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Memorial where his name will be added there.
Johnson said although these ceremonies may be difficult, they are necessary.
“Today we remember and celebrate the lives of these great heroes who sacrificed so much protecting others,” said Johnson. “It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.”
28-year-old Anthony Jenkins-Alexie is charged with first-degree murder in connection to Brandt’s death. His trail is currently scheduled to begin July 31st in Fairbanks.
Sgt. Brandt was 34-years-old.