MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A special ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon to honor police K-9 officers killed in the line of duty.

The memorial ceremony was held at Miami’s Tropical Park.

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During the ceremony, a statue of a service dog was unveiled as a way to honor the police dogs that have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Those attending the service say the K9s aren’t just animals on the force, but companions to be cherished.

“A K9 that sacrifices their lives has a loyalty to their handlers, keeping them safe, keeping law enforcement safe, and more importantly keeping the community safe,” said Juan J. Perez, Miami-Dade Police Director.

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The names of ten of those K9 officers are engraved on the memorial.