Local law enforcement officials regularly visit Kaplan University-Hagerstown to work with the Fire Arms Training Simulator.
They recently were on campus to remember one of their own as representatives from law enforcement helped dedicate the FATS Lab in memory of Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Nicholson, who died in the line of duty.
Color Guard members from the Hagerstown Police Department and Washington County Sheriff's Department opened the ceremony, attended by members of Nicholson's family, state Sen. Donald F. Munson, officers from several Washington County departments and faculty and staff of Kaplan University-Hagerstown.
Campus President Chris Motz acknowledged the sacrifice of Nicholson, who was fatally shot Dec. 19, 2007.
"Officer Christopher Nicholson gave his life that December night defending the community he was sworn to protect. He exercised the judgment of a peace officer in discharging his weapon to stop an assailant who had already taken one life. These are the things law enforcement officers face every time they begin their shifts and these are the skills that our new FATS Lab trains the law enforcement officers of the future in."