ANNISTON, Ala. (WIAT) — Hundreds of people descended on Centennial Memorial Park on a sunny Friday evening, for a somber memorial.
Each year, Calhoun County’s law enforcement and community come together to honor fallen officers.
In the memorial service’s 10th year, the event was bigger than ever, as more civilians and agencies lend their support.
“The officers in our area, we’ve got (fallen officers) in 2001, 2007 and 2011,” said Anjuli Thompson, the local Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary President, whose husband is an Oxford Police officer. “Each year we continue to be reminded. so it’s just important that we never forget.”
Chief Freddie Norton of the Piedmont Police Department was one of many agency leaders at the memorial.
He stood stoically, as taps played, names of fallen officers were read, and 21-gun salutes were given.
“Having recently just had two guys go through an officer-involved shooting, it was one of these things that made me kind of realize that we could’ve been on the other end of what occurred,” said Norton. “It’s an eye-opener.”
Thompson said the goal of this annual event is to let the families of fallen officers know that they are not alone.