Fallen Officers Vigil honors those that died in the line of duty

Vigil honors officers killed in line of duty

Monday night, the Warner Robins Police Department held a special ceremony honoring fallen officers.

At South Side Baptist Church, the Fallen Officers Vigil recognized Georgia Officers killed in the line of duty this past year.

Mayor Randy Toms was the keynote speaker and became emotional as he told the officers they were heroes. 
The service honored eight officers, including Investigator TJ Freeman, who died just two weeks ago.

For each one, a fellow officer lit a candle and saluted them.

They also performed the Flag Folding Ceremony and played Taps.

Chief Brett Evans says law enforcement puts their lives on the line every day.

He hopes the vigil helps people recognize those officers for their service and sacrifice, not just during police week, but every day.

“You don't know from one day to the next when you're going out and won't be coming home,” Evans says.

“The day-in, day-out is not the stuff you see on TV. It's not the constant police chases. It's not the constant shoot-outs. It's just so important that they know and recognize and understand that they are appreciated. There's so much negativity and things that are associated with law enforcement, so for us to be able to put them in a positive light any time we can is a big push for us.”

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