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Memorial event honors Columbus city workers who have passed away

Family members of the city employees were given a single carnation and plaque in honor of their loved one’s service. Family members of the city employees were given a single carnation and plaque in honor of their loved one’s service.
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The Columbus Consolidated Government honored city workers who have passed away at a special ceremony Wednesday evening.

People from various service departments including retired and active police officers, the sheriff’s department, and city employees attended the event held at Government Center.

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson gave the welcoming remarks and City Manager Isaiah Hughley presided over the dedication. 

Family members of the city employees were escorted by an officer and they were given a single carnation and plaque in honor of their loved one’s service. Following the ceremony, the families were accompanied by the honor guard to the public memorial outside of the Government Center. 

Columbus police officers who worked with Officer Suzanne Huffman spoke about her passing. Huffman died last October after being injured while rock climbing. 

"It's important because we need to recognize people who have dedicated their lives to the city of Columbus through service one way or another,” said Lt. Joyce Dent-Fitzpatrick with the Columbus Police Department.

The memorial dedication is held each year on March 9.

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