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Fallen law enforcement officers honored

May 15, 2008

Albany -- Dougherty County and Albany Police Officers who died in the line of duty were honored Thursday at an Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service.

Over the years eight law enforcement officers made the ultimate sacrifice in the protection of the community.

More than one hundred members of the community gathered at the Government Center in Albany to honor those fallen heroes.

 Family members placed flowers on wreaths to honor the late officers. Bobby Collins, nephew of Albany Police Patrolman Marion Collins who was shot to death in 1920,  said he's happy his uncle is still remembered 88 years later. Collins said "I really do. It's wonderful to remember the people who have given their lives for the citizens of Albany, Georgia."  

During the ceremony  taps was played, a patrol car draped in black sent out a radio message, helicopters flew a missing man formation over the Government Center, and a rider less horse with the Mounted Patrol was led by the service.

It's estimated that in the last decade 1,600 law enforcement officers nationwide have died in the line of duty.

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