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Montgomery County Police Honors Fallen Officer

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When killed in the line of duty he left behind a son, wife and triplet daughters. The triplets were born after he was killed.
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When killed in the line of duty he left behind a son, wife and triplet daughters. The triplets were born after he was killed.

They hope his place on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. will highlight the sacrifices made by law enforcement and their families.

Hector Ayala was killed in a car accident last year while responding to a call. He'll never meet his triplet daughters, born two months after he died and his son Hector Jr. will barely remember him.

But his wife Melissa hopes his name on the memorial will help visitors understand his sacrifice.

"They risk their life to keep us safe and they have families too," she says. "We the families, we just support them."

Other Montgomery County Police Department officers, including assistant chief Betty Davis, say they feel the same way.

"The police, like the military, are first line of defense and the officers worked hard and sacrificed their life to protect and serve the community," says Davis.

Ayala is the 16th Montgomery County officer to be killed in the line of duty.

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