OPELIKA, Ala.- A mixture of officers from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Opelika Police Department and the Auburn Police Department gathered at the Lee County Meeting Center to honor those officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The event came days before Sunday’s National Peace Officers Memorial Day.
Representatives from the various departments delivered touching words about the impact the officers had and continue to have on our lives. They said that even though there is pain in their loss, their is joy in celebrating their lives. Captain Van Jackson of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office compared the fallen officers to a shooting star. There is no way that you can dim out the light that God has put in us, and we shine like falling stars,” Captain Jackson said. “These men and women who lost their lives and dedicated their lives, their light can be seen in remembrance of them.”
After Taps was played, the names of the fallen officers were read aloud by Captain Jackson.
From the Opelika Police Department: Town Marshal Henry Hart passed away on Feb. 1, 1884; Lt. Moitt Brenton Truitt passed away on June 3, 1970; Sgt. Roger L. Motley died on Oct. 4, 1993.
From the Lee County Sheriff’s Office: Sheriff William S. “Buck” Jones passed away in June 29, 1932; Deputy James W. Anderson passed away on Sept. 24, 2009.
“It’s important that we continue and forever remember these brave men and women and never forget the sacrifices they made as they served and protected us well,” Opelika Police Chief John McEachern said.