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Moultrie remembers fallen law enforcers

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) –Law enforcers put their lives in danger every day and sometimes they sacrifice themselves to save someone else.

Law enforcers in Moultrie remembered the fallen men and women at their annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service Thursday.

With a gun salute, men and women in law enforcement who died in the line of duty are honored like Sandra Ghelarducci's father, Lt. Thomas Jackson Meredith, who was killed in 1973 when robbers held a family hostage.

 "When he walked in, they ran out the back door," said Ghelarducci. "He went after them. One of the guys had stepped to the side and when dad walked out they shot him point-blank."

Lt. Meredith had been on the Moultrie Police force for 27 years, just shy of retirement.

"My father died doing what he loved," continued Ghelarducci. "He loved this community more than life itself."

On Thursday, Moultrie Police Deputy Chief Joey Lancos and Colquitt County Sheriff's Capt. Julius Cox read the names of those in Georgia who've lost their lives while keeping their community safe, during the annual law enforcement Memorial service.

Five law officers across our state have lost their lives in the line of duty since last May. Friends, family members, and fellow officers want to keep their memories alive.

"It's for the community as well," said Ghelarducci. "We need to be behind our law enforcement officers praying for them everyday."

"It's going to continue to happen," said Moultrie Police Capt. Dave Underwood. "You hate to say that but history shows that men and women die in the line of duty all the time."

Cpl. Underwood says the memorial at the courthouse could unfortunately continue to grow and that it's important for everyone to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Sixty-one officers have died in the line of duty so far this year.

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