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TPD honoring fallen officers everywhere

Thomasville- We count on police officers to protect, serve and sometimes even die to keep us safe. Since 2004, nine law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty in Georgia. As part of National Law Enforcement week, they, and fallen officers everywhere are being honored.

     The Thomasville Police Department held an annual inspection of its officers at its annual law enforcement memorial service Monday. "On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in America every 53 hours," says TPD Chief David Huckstep.

     "We had a number of family members here, particularly from Thomas County who lost members of law enforcement over the years. They came forward and helped honor their loved ones by placing a rose on a wreath," says Huckstep.

     "One of them, they said, was like 23 years old, my age. Half the time you're out there, any time can be the last time you come home," says Meigs Police Officer Jefferson Riggins. When asked if he would trade his job for anything, Riggins responded "Naaa, I love what I do."

     "We dedicate our lives. It takes something very unique for someone to be a police officer today. You have to be very passionate. It certainly isn't for the pay. It isn't for the kind of hours we work. It's because we really believe in our community, and we want to make it safe and give back to our community," says Huckstep.

     "May these officers rest in peace. May they and their families never be forgotten," adds Huckstep.

     Thomas County has lost four law enforcement officers over 44 years.

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Posted by stephen.ryan@walb.com Tuesday May 18, at 5:30 p.m.