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A "sea of blue" was held on Wednesday night by law enforcement officers from around the Mid-South. A "sea of blue" was held on Wednesday night by law enforcement officers from around the Mid-South.
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(WMC) - A "sea of blue" was held on Wednesday night by law enforcement officers from around the Mid-South. 

"We're all one police officer, no matter where you are at.  We're one brother, one sister.  It's just our way of showing our respect for someone that grew up here," said Memphis police officer James Hicks.

Metro Nashville police officer Michael Petrina, who grew up in Shelby County, died Saturday while working an accident on Interstate 65.  He was trying to direct traffic after a pickup overturned near an on-ramp. 

"I seen it before, close calls.  I was almost struck by a vehicle myself," said Memphis police officer Christopher Gillon. 

Officer Petrina was hit and killed by a man driving a motor home who came up on a blind curve on the interstate.

"You never know if this is going to be our last shift, so we try to stay strong, tight as a family," said DeSoto County deputy Kenny Free. 

Officer Petrina was only 25 years old and had already been recognized for his spirit and drive by his peers at the police academy. He was honored with the Spirit Award.

The sea of blue ended near Memorial Park Funeral Home where Petrina's family held a visitation.  It is across the street from Memorial Park, where he will be laid to rest. 

"We're all brothers and sister in law enforcement.  When one of us unfortunately makes the ultimate sacrifice for serving the public.  It's just a good thing to come together and have everybody show support for his family for the sacrifice he made," said Crittenden County sheriff's deputy Darrell Prewitt.

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