East Tennessee officers honor 360 fallen peace officers at national vigil

East Tennessee officers honor 360 fallen peace officers at national vigil

There are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers now in the U.S. Since the first recorded death in 1791, over 20,000 law enforcement officers-representing cities, counties, states, and federal agencies in the United States-have died in the line of duty.

For many it's a day not only to remember fallen officers but to honor those who serve every day.

Providing support and information to law enforcement officers, law enforcement agencies, survivors and community groups who need help adjusting to and dealing with a line of duty death of a law enforcement officer.

SSM Nashville Records duo Branch and Dean will perform their heart-wrenching hit, "The Dash" at the 37th annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Allery was fatally shot by 28-year-old Melvin Gene Delong, of Belcourt, after a pursuit on January 18, 2017. Delong was shot and killed by officers, who followed up at the scene.

The annual Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service will start at noon, Friday at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 3811 N. Main Street.

Sunday's vigil is being held ahead of National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is held annually on May 15 to honor law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. Each name emphasizes that one death is too many, and that point has been underscored by the Presidential Executive Order on "Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers" and Attorney General Jefferson Sessions' focus on enhancing law enforcement safety and reducing violent crime. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 21,000 USA law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Isaac said the service is about honoring the memory, dedication and commitment to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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This year, 360 names have been added to the memorial including four officers who served the citizens of Arkansas. The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial's mission is to remember and honor Wisconsin law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

The service will be held at the side entrance of the sheriff's office, located at 117 Justice Center Drive in Rogersville.

"We invite the public to go out to the Limestone County Sheriff's Office", he said.

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