The Warner Robins Police Department hosted an event Monday night to honor fallen law enforcement officers.
It was a heart-wrenching evening for law enforcement and those that support them.
A candlelight vigil honored officers in Georgia killed in the line of duty, including Peach County Deputy Daryl Smallwood who had friends in the audience.
“His father used to bring him when he was a small child out to our home to ride horses,” said Kathy Queen.
Kathy Queen and Kim Chastain say they loved Smallwood and thought of the all the families dealing with loss throughout the ceremony.
“It broke our hearts when he passed away, and when he was killed, that's why we're here. We're here to honor the rest of them too,” Queen said.
The vigil honored 9 fallen officers from around Georgia. Warner Robins Police organized the event as part of 2017's Police Week.
A moment of emotion, prayer, and silence to honor those who gave everything.
“We're just heartbroken, when they passed away,” Kim Chastain said.
“And still are, we're still heartbroken,” Queen added.
Several Georgia law enforcement agencies were at the ceremony to show their respects for the fallen.
The vigil remembered Officer Timothy Smith, Sergeant Patrick Sondron, Deputy Daryl Smallwood, Deputy Justin White, U.S. Marshal Patrick Carothers, Officer Nicholas Smarr, Officer Jody Smith, Sergeant Gregory Meagher, and Deputy Michael Butler.
The vigil also honored 2 Georgia K9s killed in the line of duty.
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