Twenty officers from area law enforcement agencies stood tall, saluting as the flag was lowered to half-staff in honor of their fallen colleagues.
The officers gathered in front of the Harlem Department of Public Safety building for a simple ceremony to honor officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in honor of National Law Enforcement Week.
“I said we need to do something to honor all those officers who lost their lives,” Harlem Chief Gary Jones said.
He said 105 officers died in the line of duty nationwide in 2013 and another 41 have died so far this year.
Danger is part of the job and officers are aware of the risks as they continue to serve and protect daily.
Officers from the nine agencies – Harlem and Grovetown Departments of Public Safety, Columbia County and Richmond County sheriff’s offices, Georgia
State Patrol and police departments of Sardis, Ga., Wrens, Ga., Waynesboro, Ga., and Lincolnton. Ga. – observed a moment of silence and saluted as the flag was lowered to half-staff.
They saluted in silent tribute and listened intently as Taps was played.
“I just felt like it was a simple, inexpensive way that we could recognize those fallen officers and get cooperation from all the surrounding law enforcement agencies,” Jones said.