Peace Officer Memorial Held Friday 

5/19/2017 1:30 p.m.

Staff Reports 

The 21st annual Peace Officer Memorial was held Friday morning at the joint law enforcement center in Memorial Plaza.

According to Rome City Police Chief Denise Downer-McKinney, “It is just a time to celebrate, to honor, to mourn those that have lost their lives fighting the line of duty for their community, for their neighbors. This time is very humbling for all of us and me talking to family members, I mean the void is still there, they still miss their loved ones.”

The memorial honored 20 fallen law enforcement officers of all departments.

McKinney commented on what the memorial means to the families of the fallen officers and also to the current officers.

“Knowing that we can provide this avenue for them to reconnect with law enforcement families and others that have also lost lives, it is just very touching for us. It’s not going to help them bring back that person, but knowing that we still care and that their family member did not lose their life in vain, that it was for a reason, it was for a purpose, that it was for that calling that was placed on their lives that they were to give back,” said McKinney.

Both the Rome City and Floyd County Commission’s approved resolutions recognizing this week as National Police Week and proclaiming this Friday as Peace Officers Memorial Day.