ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office joined the Badge of Honor Association to honor the service of several deputies who have died in the line of duty over the years.

Three memorial plaques were dedicated Wednesday morning during a ceremony that was held in front of the Monroe County Jail on South Plymouth Avenue.

The plaques honor Deputy James Conheady, Deputy Harold Knitter and Deputy John Pullano.

“This is certainly an honor. They’ve never been forgotten and I think people have to remember that,” Deputy John Pullano’s widow, Grace Pullano, said.  “It is a long time and there are a lot of years in between. Every time I see one of these incidents in the paper it really strikes me.”

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has served the community for nearly 200 years. In the 194-year history of the organization, 12 members have died in the line of duty.