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Law enforcement celebrate National Police Week

Pike County residents are urged this week to honor their local law enforcement agencies, as the country celebrates National Police Week.

Troy will celebrate the event by honoring fallen and serving officers at the annual Police Memorial Day ceremony on Wed., May 12, held each year during this week.

National Police Week is a week dedicated to honor the brave men and women who risk their lives everyday so that others may be safe, said Troy Police Chief Anthony Everage.

With a civic duty to “protect and serve,” several officers upholding the law have lost their lives in the line of duty.

“Many times we don’t think about those (police officers) out there patrolling our streets late at night while we’re asleep in our beds,” said Chief Rod Anderson of the Troy University Police Department. “This is a time to reflect and remember those who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect us.”

Anderson will deliver the opening invocation at the ceremony, as well as give his thanks to the loved ones of the fallen officers.

During National Police Week, C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.) encourages citizens to fly blue ribbons from their car antennas to show their support and honor of the fallen officers.

All of the officers in Troy and Brundidge will be wearing black ribbons around their badges this whole week to honor the fallen officers.

“We are a blessed department, and I don’t think that we have lost an officer in the line of duty,” said Chief Moses Davenport of the Brundidge Police department. “But we fully support the Troy officers and we wear the bands (ribbons) to show our support.”

Five officers from the Troy Police Department that gave the “ultimate sacrifice” are: Officer Will G. Jackson-June 1905; Officer Hayden Youngblood-May 1962; Officer Cecil Sullivan-November 1967; Officer Billy Dease-January 1986 and Officer Steve Watkins-November 1981.

These officers are among the many being remembered at the memorial service that will be held at the Troy Police Department at 10 a.m. After the memorial service, another service will be held at Bicentennial Park in dedication to fallen state and county officers.