Every year public safety officials around the nation remember those killed in the line of duty.
Today, six fallen officers were honored at the Monroe County Courthouse including the most recent Deputy, Sarah Jones, who died last October after being hit by a jeep while directing traffic.
“The FOP previously has always been the city of Bloomington that has done the ceremony, unfortunately last year after Sarah’s death, it became an outside the city event,” said Bloomington Police Detective Marty Deckard. “We decided we would do a ceremony because we not only encompass the city of Bloomington, but nine other law enforcement entities in this community.”
Brad Swain is the president of the Don Owens Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police. He says just like a teacher, those in public safety are really answering a calling in life rather than learning a profession or occupation. “It takes a special person to want to be a police officer or fire fighter or anything in this line of work,” said Swain.
The ceremony included the laying of a memorial wreath, lowering of the flag to half-staff and a playing of taps. The guest speaker was Monroe County Sheriff James Kennedy.
“It serves as a reminder, I hope to the community and certainly does to law enforcement officers still active, that at any moment a dangerous situation could erupt or situation for no amount of training could prepare us for and injury and death could be the result,” said Kennedy.