Lamar County law enforcement officers will pay tribute to fallen officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice serving and protecting the community.
Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley, who said policing is a noble profession, also said police officers should have a calling to serve and protect those who can’t protect themselves.
“I don’t know how many times I hear the comment from people of ‘I could never be a police officer’,” said Hundley. “That’s true, a lot of people can’t. People who join law enforcement agencies do volunteer for a job that has substantial risk for their personal safety.”
Hundley said it is important for the community and those currently serving to remember and honor sacrifices made by previous officers.
Lamar County Sheriff Scott Cass said, as of May 10, 40 law enforcement officers across the nation have lost their lives in the line of duty.
“This memorial service will honor and pay tribute to the brave men and women of law enforcement who have fallen in the line of duty and to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in protecting the citizens of Lamar County,” said Cass.
The memorial service, open to the public, is at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Bywater’s Park, 300 S. Main St. Cass said services would move to Love Civic Center’s pavilion if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
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