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Local officers travel to honor fallen Officer Shaw

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Thousands of police officers from across the country traveled to Pittsburgh to honor a fallen officer, including law enforcement from the Ohio Valley.

A number of departments from up and down the Ohio Valley made the trip to New Kensington, Pa. to honor fallen officer Brian Shaw.

Included in that procession was one of Weirton’s police cruisers. One officer described it as a very humbling experience.

On November 17th, Shaw was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop. It hit too close to home for Weirton Patrolman Marc Deangelo.

“20 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, I mean, that's our backyard, so it pretty hard,” Deangelo said.

He and a fellow patrolman posed the idea to their superiors to attend the funeral for Shaw.

“They were willing to give us the day off for us to go up there and let them know they have Weirton's support," Deangelo said.

Deangelo was one of four Weirton PD members to attend.

“From where I was sitting in the procession, as far as I could see in front of me, red and blue lights, and you couldn't see the start of it,” he said. “Behind me, you couldn't see the end of it."

“Different states, different cities, different departments, it didn't matter what patch you had on, you were a part of that family,” Deangelo said.

He says being able to relate to each and every officer in law enforcement is what builds that kind of bond.

“We all deal with the same calls on a daily basis,” he said. “We know what we go through. We know we have to leave our families every day and hopefully come home every night."

Shaw was shot and killed during what should have been a routine traffic stop.

“How often do you, or any other officer in law enforcement attend a routine traffic stop? Everyday. Every shift you're probably going to make a traffic stop every shift,” Deangelo said.

So how can you, residents, make such a difficult job a little less stressful? Just relax.

“As soon as you start showing aggression or nervousness it heightens our senses,” Deangelo said. “We're taught to deal with that, but it makes us start thinking 'why's he getting mad? Why's he getting nervous? What's he hiding?”

Deangelo says this recent shooting won’t deter him from doing his job. He and his fellow officers want to get home safe, and make sure you do too.

“I know the risk, but that still doesn't mean I don't want to go home to my family every night,” Deangelo said.

Many other departments from the Ohio Valley attended Wednesday’s procession.

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