Fallen Mid-South Officers Honored at Memorial Service

Fallen Mid-South Officers Honored at Memorial Service

Dozens of Mid-Southerners paused Friday to remember the officers who have given their lives to protect their cities. The Memphis police memorial service honored more than 60 law enforcement officers across the Mid-South killed in the line of duty.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Dozens of Mid-Southerners paused Friday to remember the officers who have given their lives to protect their cities. The Memphis police memorial service honored more than 60 law enforcement officers across the Mid-South killed in the line of duty.

It's not how they expected to be remembered, but Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says their lives and honorable deaths are an example for everyone.

"This is a tough profession, and it takes a true calling to get up every single morning and come to the place where you don't know what's going to happen that day, and you don't know if you will return to the same home and same loved ones you left."

Family of the fallen sat in the front row, quiet and humble as they remembered their loved ones. From Memphis PD to Shelby County Sheriff's deputies and other agencies across the Mid-South, fallen heroes' names were read one by one.

"At the end of the day the true measure of any city is to recognize those that have given the ultimate sacrifice," Armstrong said, vowing they will never be forgotten.

Under his watch two officers have been killed in the line of duty. Every time it's a challenge for the department.

"You have to find the way to convince them to still do the same things that this officer lost their life doing. It's tough, it's extremely tough - one of the toughest things I've been through."

The sea of blue ties them together, not only as a reminder of who they lost, but a visual reminder to the city of the sacrifices each officer is willing to make every day.

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