Officers who gave their lives in the service of Tallapoosa County residents will be honored during the 23rd annual Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial.
The memorial, which is a joint effort by the Alexander City Police Department and Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department, will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday outside the Alexander City Police Department headquarters.
“We will pay tribute to our fallen officers who died in the line of duty,” Alexander City Police Department Capt. James Orr said. “Every day, law enforcement officers come to work and never know what danger they may face. So to stop and honor those who lost their lives helping keep our communities safe is something that we all take very seriously.”
The special guest speaker for the event will be Fifth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Isacc Whorton.
The memorial service was created mainly to honor law enforcement personnel in Tallapoosa County who were killed in the line of duty.
To honor their fallen comrades, officers from departments in Tallapoosa County will call out each of the seven officers’ names and when they were killed. The last officer killed in the county was in 1992.
The seven fallen are deputy sheriff J. Kyle Young in 1952, Camp Hill police officer Larry Neal Stone in 1968, Camp Hill police officer Roland Hicks Jr. in 1969, Alexander City police officer Clarence Oden Martin in 1976, Alexander City police officer Reuben Milam in 1976, deputy sheriff Leonard W. Brand in 1986 and Tallassee police officer Angeline Scruggs in 1992.
The event will also feature a 21-gun salute by the ACPD Honor Guard, bagpipes and a rendition of “Taps.”
Though the memorial was created to honor Tallapoosa County’s fallen, it also gives officers a chance to show respect for those who died nationwide. The event is being held in conjunction with National Police Week, which was created in 1962. Tuesday is National Peace Officers Memorial Day and will be celebrated in Washington, D.C.
Law enforcement personnel from outside Tallapoosa County are expected to attend Thursday’s memorial service alongside those from the area. Many relatives of the fallen attend the memorial as well.
“We invite everyone to come,” Orr said. “It will be outside the police department at 11 a.m. Thursday. We will move to the First Baptist Church in the event of weather.”