AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Friends and family pray Wednesday, September 24, for Lee County Deputy James Anderson and for continued strength and protection as they remember the sacrifice he made five years ago.
"If he could let us know something, I believe the message would to be careful, just be careful, to all those law enforcement officers out there, all those men and women, and our response should be we hear you and we won't forget," says Sheriff Jay Jones of the Lee County Sheriff's Department.
Anderson died in the line of duty September 24, 2009.
He pulled over a suspicious looking car on a routine traffic stop.
The driver of the car, Gregory Lance Henderson, pulled into a yard and turned around.
Anderson had exited the patrol car, when Henderson accelerated, running over Anderson, and ultimately killing him.
"He was a great guy, doing his job and taken from us way to soon," says Jones.
His widow and son, surrounded by their law enforcement family, placed a wreath at the grave site of the huge Alabama fan and remembered Anderson for his selfless and humble character.
"Very humble, never asked for anything, wanted to do for others," explains Jones, "He epitomized everything that is good about people, about these dedicated law enforcement officers."
Henderson was convicted and sentenced to death for the death of Anderson in 2012.