Troy honors officers during National Police Week
Published 9:08 pm Friday, May 14, 2021
The City of Troy honored its current officers and remembered the city’s fallen officers during National Police Week.
On Monday, Troy Mayor Jason Reeves declared May 9-15 as National Police Week in Troy and the city held a proclamation signing at Troy City Hall. On Wednesday, the Troy Police Department held it’s 43rd annual Police Memorial Day Ceremony.
“I cannot tell you how much I appreciate what you do,” Reeves said. “This is a tough job and always has been. But it’s harder now more than ever. I just want you to know that I’m here for you and will work hard to make sure you have the tools you need to do your job and work hard to make sure your pay reflects the hard times you work in. You stand in the gap between us and chaos, and I thank God for you.”
Troy Police Chief Randall Barr said it’s important to remember the officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.
“The Police Memorial is front and center in our parking lot,” Barr said. “It’s the first thing officers see when they come to work and it’s the last thing they see before they go home. It’s a stark reminder that none of us are guaranteed tomorrow.
“Officers run toward danger, not away from it. It takes a special person to do this job day-in and day-out for a long period of time.”
The City of Troy held a Police Memorial Day Ceremony Wednesday at 10 a.m. The original ceremony was scheduled to be held at the Police Memorial, but was moved to the Johnson Center for the Arts due to rain.
In Troy, five officers and two state officers have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The Troy Police Department officers are Will Jackson, Jean Youngblood, Cecil Sullivan, Billy Ray Dease and Steve Watkins. State Conservation Officer Grady Russell Jackson and State Trooper Robert Jones also ended their watch in Pike County.