Fallen Georgia law enforcement officers honored during candlelight vigil
The ceremony was held at Southside Baptist Church in Warner Robins. Warner Robins Police Chief Brett Evans was the guest speaker.
The service honored civilian and military law enforcement officers in the state who have given their lives in the line of duty over the past year.
“For me, it’s ultimately important that we come out and demonstrate our support on behalf of the people that have given the ultimate sacrifice, but also those that are giving the sacrifice everyday on our behalf and putting themselves in harm’s way for our behalf,” Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms said.
The vigil was one of several events in honor of National Police Week. It honored 10 of Georgia’s fallen officers, including Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Norris. Norris died in the line of duty while responding to a call last September.
National Police Week has been in existence since 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 into effect. The law designates May 15 of each year as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day in honor of the officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.