Blountville, TN (WJHL) – The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office honored their officers who died in the line of duty in a somber ceremony Friday.
Since 1907, the department has had 9 officers who died while serving.
“We always want to remember that they gave their life to this county, or to Kingsport or Bristol,” said Sheriff Wayne Anderson, “so it’s very, very important that we pay homage to them.”
The guest speaker for the event was Nancy Harr, acting U.S. Attorney.
A roll call of those fallen officers was read, and a rose given to either a relative or another officer to lay on the memorial outside the Sheriff’s office.
Members of the Sullivan East High School choir performed, and SCSO Lt. B.J. Richardson read a poem he wrote, before the SCSO Honor Guard performed a 21-gun salute and Taps was played.
The Sheriff’s Office say national statistics show that on average, a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 61 hours.
37 officers have died in the line of duty across the United States this year.
For more on officers who have died while serving in the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office: https://www.odmp.org/agency/3741-sullivan-county-sheriffs-department-tennessee
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