A special ceremony remembers fallen officers

A special ceremony remembers fallen officers

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) A special ceremony was held to remember law enforcement officers, who lost their lives in the line of duty.

An officer saluting. (Source: WALB)
An officer saluting. (Source: WALB)

Names of 11 officers from different Albany-Dougherty County agencies were read and honored.

Tears were shed in the beautiful ceremony Wednesday, as loved ones and fellow officers were remembered.

WALB spoke with the mother of a Dougherty County Police Department officer after the event.

Jackie Rouse told WALB events like the one is how she knows her son will never be forgotten.

As the Trumpets sound, heads bow, officers wipe their tears. The room full of law enforcement and family members remember their loved ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Officers stand together during a prayer. (Source: WALB)
Officers stand together during a prayer. (Source: WALB)

“A family member sends their law officer off to work in the mornings, with the intentions they will come home that night. And so many of them do not,” said Rouse.

Jackie Rouse’s son, Lieutenant Thomas Clifford Rouse with the Dougherty County Police Department, left his home two days before Christmas in 2010.

Dougherty County Police Department Lieutenant Thomas Clifford Rouse. (Source: WALB)
Dougherty County Police Department Lieutenant Thomas Clifford Rouse. (Source: WALB)

“If they’ve left a wife and children, as my son did, they’ve got to grow up without him,” Rouse said.

Lieutenant Rouse gave his life in the line of duty that day.

“I don’t care how long they’ve been gone, they’re still part of your life. You miss them each and every day,” said Rouse.

DCP Captain Jason Hager said it’s not a day to be sad. It’s a day to celebrate and remember the lives of the 11 fallen Albany-Dougherty County officers.

“It means a lot to them to know their loved ones are still remembered,” said Hager.

Their uniforms may be different, but the officers grip their fellow sisters and brothers in blue, green and gray. The names of the fallen are read aloud, giving Jackie Rouse a sense of peace.

“Mothers and fathers should not bury their sons. But spiritually, he’s alright he tells me,” Rouse said.

“Gone but not forgotten. Rest in peace." The words heard during the Last Call.

The officers remembered today are apart of the Albany Police Department, the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office, the Dougherty County Police Department, the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport Police and the United State Marine Corps.

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