COLUMBUS, Ga. – Sunday marked National Peace Officers Memorial Day. The local Fraternal Order of Police held a memorial to honor officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Ret. Command Sgt. Gary Wisham worked at the police department for 33 years.
“I’ve lost several officers. One was particularly close,” Wisham said.
He is talking about Officer Thomas “Spanky” Bowen.
“He responded to an armed robbery and the suspect left the scene at a high rate speed so he gave chase and the suspect crashed and Spanky was going to his aid because he thought he was seriously injured and the shot him in the face,” Wisham explained.
Randy Robertson with the Fraternal Order of Police says Sunday is a day to remember and honor fallen police officers.
“We appreciate the sacrifice they made. It leaves a hole in our heart, in our lives, but we press forward knowing that they did it for the right reason,” Robertson said.
This week is National Police Week. Robertson says he hopes it’s a week filled with healing.
“It’s also a week for conversation that good Americans can sit down together and discuss ways that not only can we address the violence in our community, but that we can also address the relationships between law enforcement and the communities that they serve,” Robertson explained.
The local Fraternal Order of Police has been hosting this memorial service for about 35 years. President John F. Kennedy designated May 15th as Peace Officer Memorial Day in 1962.