(ALBANY, Ga)- It was a solemn moment for Dougherty County law enforcement, as they come together for a memorial service honoring those who died in the line of duty, Wednesday morning.
As Dougherty County Coroner, Michael Fowler says, to have a ceremony for every fallen officer no matter how much time has passed is important.
“A lot of times, people think that they should get over it, but it takes time to get over this. But it take time to get over this. But when you lose someone who died in the line of duty, I think it’s it’s a positive thing that they were doing something they loved doing,” says Fowler.
Officers slain come from across the county, whether they were Albany Police from as far back as a century, Dougherty Police or the Sheriff’s Office, the Regional Airport Police or the Marine Corps.
But they are all united as law enforcement.
U.S Middle Georgia Magistrate Judge, Thomas Langstaff spoke at the event, and he told the crowd, “Whether your title is Marshall, Sheriff, Officer, Trooper, Detective, or Agent; you are all public safety officers.”
Family members of the fallen officers came to honor to memory of their family members.
Jackie Rouse has attended the memorial service in honor of her son Clifford who was killed in the line of duty in December of 2010.
Rouse says, “For Dougherty County, and Albany to hold such a reception for all of those who’ve lost their lives, for this county, for this city, and for this area. Just to remember them is such a humbling experience.”
Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Dougherty County Commission Chairman, Chris Cohilas signed a proclamation at the service as well in honor of National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day