The York County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard retreat the colors as law enforcement officers gather Thursday at the Court of Valor at Prospect
The York County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard retreat the colors as law enforcement officers gather Thursday at the Court of Valor at Prospect Hill Cemetery to remember York County's fallen officers. John A. Pavoncello - jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com

Even though it's been five years since she lost her son, Karen Reever said life hasn't gotten any easier.

Her son David Tome, a Northern York County Regional Police officer, was killed on Oct. 21, 2008, when he was hit by a distracted driver.

"David loved his job, and he gave it all ..." said Reever, who lives in Spring Grove.

Tome's life and service were honored at Prospect Hill Cemetery in North York as part of its first annual Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day remembrance service. Five other fallen law enforcement officers were also honored.

Memorials: The service unveiled banners with the men's names and included a rifle salute, the playing of "Taps" and a bagpiper who played "Amazing Grace."

Spring Garden Township Police Chief George Swartz salutes during the presentation of colors by the York County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard as
Spring Garden Township Police Chief George Swartz salutes during the presentation of colors by the York County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard as law enforcement officers gather Thursday at the Court of Valor at Prospect Hill Cemetery to remember York County's fallen officers. John A. Pavoncello - jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com

It was enough to move Reever to tears.

"These memorials, they mean a lot," she said. "They're hard to go through, but they mean everything."

"There are never enough memorials to serve the people who are lost," added David Reever, Tome's stepfather.

Tome was just 31 years old when he was killed, and his mother thought she would have many more years with him.

"Give your kids a huge and a kiss every night," she said. "We never thought it would happen to us, and it did."

Those who sacrificed: The other five men honored at the service were:

•David Grove, Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation officer, who died on Nov. 11, 2010;

•Edward "Skip" Schroeder Jr., York County Sheriff's Office deputy sheriff, Jan. 10, 2005;

•Henry Schaad, York City Police officer, Aug. 1, 1969;

•Dean N. Zeigler, Pennsylvania Motor Police private, Oct. 17, 1942;

•Curtis Sowers, North York Police patrolman, May 21, 1929.

— Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.