2016 Law Enforcement Memorial

Another name has been added to the memorial wall today in downtown Chattanooga.
It’s part of the 2016 Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony.
News 12’s Alisha Searl takes us to the tribute, and shows us why a special speaker was invited to attend.
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” He would probably be looking down like oh wow, I can’t believe all this is for me.”

“Jimmy Wallen’s legacy is now anchored here on this memorial wall in downtown Chattanooga.”

” He would have been very overwhelmed and proud. He really loved what he did and he only got to do it a short time.”

In 1989, Wallen went into the police academy, and soon after became a Hamilton County Park Ranger.

But months later, while on duty, Wallen was involved in a traffic accident and suffered a tramatic brain injury.

He died from his injuries in 2015, more than 25 years later.

” We just want to thank everybody for being able to have this honor.”

And honor was given to dozens of other officers during the 2016 Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony.

“Today is special for us in law enforcement because we came together as we do every year. The month of May is set aside for law enforcement to honor and men and women who have lost their lives.”

US Navy Lieutenant Commander Tim White was asked to be the keynote speaker this year.

Commander White opened fire on the terrorist who killed five service members on July 16th, 2015.

” It was a hard day for so many families, but I cannot imagine what would have happened if our police officers would have ran from the danger instead of running towards it.”

Commander White says very few people face real danger in their jobs every day.

“They face the thought of that last kiss goodbye.”

“They sacrifice their comfort and sometimes their lives.”

“That’s why Lieutenant White says these every day heroes deserve the honor and respect from the community.”

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In Chattanooga, Alisha Searl, News 12 Now.
Every night, a blue laser shines on the monument at 600 Market Street.
Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond invites people to go see it, if you couldn’t make today’s event.

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