Fallen Heroes Memorial Honors Memphis Officer

Fallen Heroes Memorial Honors Memphis Officer

The annual Fallen Heroes Service at Memorial Park honored Memphis police officer, Martoiya Lang. The mother of four was killed in the line of duty in December 2012.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Another name was added to the fallen heroes memorial at an East Memphis Cemetery. The annual Fallen Heroes Service at Memorial Park honored Memphis police officer, Martoiya Lang. The mother of four was killed in the line of duty in December 2012.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Chaplain, Mitchell Dunn told the crowd, "The sheer number of police officers, deputy sheriffs, state troopers, Air Wing personnel and first responders that have given their lives for members of this community is absolutely staggering."

Dunn's brother was killed in the line of duty in October 2004. "One of the things we always want to make sure is that our family members are remembered for the sacrifices they made and we look at them as true heroes."

For nearly a decade Dunn's been coping with the death of his brother, and ceremonies like Thursday's at Memorial Park cemetery are a large part of that. "This is a family," he says, "all of these folks here look at each other like a family; if you've ever experienced an event where you lose a hero like that it cuts you to the core."

That's what Officer Martoiya Lang's family has learned the hard way. Her cousin Neicy Moore says, "Seeing her name on that wall is not easy at all. It's hard to put your mind around. You wake up and you're still waiting on phone calls and texts and they're not going to come."

One by one, the names of fallen law enforcement and first responders were read, with Lang's name added among a sea of heroes. "It's just one day at a time," Moore says, "That's all we can do is take one day at a time."

Dunn says the days get easier, but the community is a vital part of the healing process. "The support you receive, that's how you make it through."

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