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Local police to honor fallen officers

Published 12:00pm Saturday, May 4, 2013

Local law enforcement is preparing to pay its respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department and the Alexander City Police Department will host the 17th Annual Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial May 15 at 11 a.m. at ACPD headquarters on Court Square.

The memorial is open to the community and will be followed by lunch in the ACPD.

In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at First Baptist Church.

ACPD Chief Charles Rafford said the memorial is a part of a weeklong national event that honors those officers who have fallen in the line of duty.

“That entire week honors police all across the country who died in the line of duty,” Rafford said. “It gives us an opportunity to pay our respects and honor those men and women who have died while performing the job of public safety officer or law enforcement officer.”

Fifth Circuit Judge Tom F. Young Jr. will be the keynote speaker for the memorial service.

Rafford said both departments are looking forward to the community coming out to pay their respects.

He added that any time an officer falls in the line of duty, it affects the departments and the community.

“We rely heavily upon the community for help, and the community becomes involved with our officers,” Rafford said. “They know our officers, and when one of them loses his or her life, it affects not only the police department and the officer’s family but the community members as well.”