First responders gathered Friday morning in Macon to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
Peace Officer's Memorial Day honors firefighters, police officers, and sheriff's deputies who died in the line of duty in Bibb County, dating back to the 1890's.
This year, Bibb County Sheriff's Office Investigator Anthony "T.J." Freeman was memorialized. He was killed in a car accident during a chase last May. Freeman's mother, Vicki Lindsey, says the past 12 months have felt like a bad dream, but the impact of her son's death has recently set in.
"I'll never have another child, that was my only one. I can't go out and buy another one," she says. "All we can do is just stay together and just move one day at a time. Just take it one day at a time."
Lindsey says support from a grief therapy group has really helped.
"You have to be open, you have to let your emotions out," she says. "You can't keep them bottled up inside, and that's what I was doing to start with, they were all inside and they'll eat you alive. You've got to let them out. Whether it's go sit under a tree and cry or whether it's go stand somewhere and holler and scream, it's not going to bring them back, but it'll make you feel better."
Investigator Freeman was one of 9 officers killed in Georgia last year.
Earlier this week, Freeman's daughter, met President Donald Trump during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
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