CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County Sheriff Neal Walden wants to remind everyone that Sunday May 14th through 20th is National Police Week, a time to honor law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their sworn duty.
In an email, Walden said that of the 394 officers killed in the line of duty, 134 were killed in 2016. Nine of those are from Georgia. Those names are being added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington DC www.lawmemorial.org
Georgia law enforcement officers killed last year are: Officer Nicholas Smarr of the Americus Police Department, Deputy Anthony Freeman of the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Timothy Smith of the Eastman Police Department, Officer Jody Smith of the Georgia Southwestern University Police Department, Deputy Justin Scott White of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Sheriffs Darryl Smallwood and Patrick Sondron of the Peach County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Gregory Barney of the Riverdale Police Department and Deputy U.S. Marshall Patrick Carothers .
The names of all 394 fallen officers will be formally dedicated during the 29th Annual Candlelight Vigil the evening of Friday, May 13 to be held on the National Mall between 4th and 7th streets. So that people across the country can experience this unique and powerful ceremony, the vigil will be webcast live over the Internet beginning at 8 pm EDT on Friday. To register for the free online event, visit www.LawMemorial.org/webcast
The candlelight vigil is one of many commemorative events taking place in the nation’s capital during National Police Week. The observance is organized by a group of organizations led by the National Officers Memorial Fund. Concerns of Police Survivors, the Fraternal Order of Police and Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary.
In tribute to the American law enforcement officers and, at the request of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Public Law 103-322 designates May 15th National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is one of only two days each year during which government agencies, businesses and residents are to fly their US flags at half staff.