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Dougherty County law enforcement memorial unveiled

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County's former Sheriff completes what he calls a long time dream by dedicating a local memorial to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Jamil Saba and the current Sheriff and Police Chiefs unveiled the Albany Dougherty County law enforcement memorial outside the Courthouse.

Dozens of law enforcement officers representing local, state, and federal agencies attended the ceremony.

Saba, who was in law enforcement for 37 years, raised the money for the memorial through community donations. He said it's important to honor officers who pay the ultimate sacrifice.

Former Dougherty Co. Sheriff Jamil Saba said "We just felt like we needed to do something for the families, to let them know that it's our family too. That cost their lives. So we just we wanted to do something, and I think this is the way to do it."

The death of Dougherty County Police Lt. Cliff Rouse, gunned down December 23rd by a fleeing armed robbery suspect, makes this memorial even more timely. So far in 2011, 37 law enforcement officers nationwide have been killed in the line of duty.

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