ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Local law enforcement honored those who died in the line of duty in our area as a part of National Police Week.
Agencies honored included the Albany Police Department, the Dougherty County Police Department, the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, SWGA airport police, and the US Marine Corps.
The memorial ceremony focused on a hero's welcome home and their selfless actions defending the lives of those they don't know.
This was also a time for families to reflect and pin a flower on the wreath of the department they worked for.
Jackie Rouse lost her son LT. Cliff Rouse who was shot and killed in 2010.
She said it takes time to heal but, it's pleasant to be around others who have gone through the same pain.
"They leave home hoping to return home and sometimes they don't. Their families are left broken-hearted, there always a void in that life because he's not there. But like I said he's gone but never forgotten," Rouse said.
Several other families of fallen officers were also there to remember their loved one's ultimate sacrifice.