Officers remember their fallen in annual Police Memorial Service

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the Chattanooga Police Department paused this morning to honor the deputies and police officers from our community who were killed in the line of duty over the years.

Special guests at the event were families of those officers.

A large group officers, family members and supporters gathered this morning in downtown to take part in the 2018 Law Enforcement Memorial Service.

They were there to remember the 62 officers from southeast Tennessee who have been killed in the line of duty since the count began in 1879.

On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every sixty one hours.

Most officers today had a personal story, like Deputy Chief Charles Lowery.

“When I was going through the academy, that’s when Hambler, a Chattanooga officer Hambler was killed at a Red Food store..that was my first involvement…I did not know him personally..but attending the services for that, it let me know just how important this job is.”

Chief David Roddy says “the negative focus, the attacks on law enforcement that we’re seeing around the country..I also asked our community and our officers to pay attention to what this community thinks of them. Ceremonies like today, the thank you inside of a Starbucks, the appreciative handshake that you catch walking down a street or entering a building… when you’re in uniform ..that’s goes a long way in supporting the men and women in law enforcement. ”

The guest speaker was a former Chattanooga police officer.

Retired Secret Service officer Mike Pierson says “THE president mentioned the other day , when he was at the memorial in Washington, that we need to have the death penalty for people that murder police officers, and I agree with that 100%.”

Roses were laid as the name of each and every officer killed in the line of duty was read.

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