The St. Petersburg Police Department paid homage to 15 officers killed in the line of duty on Tuesday, May 21, during their annual memorial service. The ceremony was held at Demens Landing Park along the waterfront during the early evening hours. Sgt. Marlin Heyward rang the bell 15 times, representing the distinguished service of each officer.

Photos by Kenny Irby, Special to the Times.

The ceremony was held at Demens Landing Park.
The ceremony was held at Demens Landing Park.
Sgt. Marlin Heyward right rang the bell 15 times representing the distinguished service of each officer.
Sgt. Marlin Heyward right rang the bell 15 times representing the distinguished service of each officer.
Sgt. Marlin Heyward right rang the bell 15 times representing the distinguished service of each officer.
Sgt. Marlin Heyward right rang the bell 15 times representing the distinguished service of each officer.
Officer Brandon K. Wells during an annual ceremony to honor the St. Petersburg police officers killed in the line of duty.
Officer Brandon K. Wells during an annual ceremony to honor the St. Petersburg police officers killed in the line of duty.