Last October, Prince William County marked the 40th anniversary of the death of Officer Pete White, the first officer in the county to die in the line of duty, after a car crash near Haymarket. But after dedicating the Western District station to White, police officials felt they really didn’t have anything that told the story of White’s life, and the story of what officers do and what they face every day, county spokesman Jason Grant said.

So the county’s communications office put together a great short film on White with interviews from his family and fellow officers, with an introduction by Chief Stephan Hudson, who notes that a police officer is killed in this country about every 2 1/2 days. “It’s not how they died, it how they lived that’s important,” Grant said of officers who give their lives in public service. So, honor Officer White, and all the law enforcement folks who are out there every day trying to save us from each other, by watching this touching video: