COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Law enforcement officers and their spouses came together Saturday night to fellowship and remember fellow officers who have fallen in the line of duty in the Second annual Law Enforcement Ball in Columbus.
The real purpose is for law enforcement officers to come together and escape some of the pressures that can come with the job, but it's also a time to remember their comrades and friends who paid the ultimate price for the job.
People like Americus police officers, Jody Smith and Nick Smarr, killed last fall as they chased a suspect.
They were two of nine Georgia officers killed in the line of duty last year.
There will be a special table of remembrance set up in their honor.
But it won't all be sad.
There will also be time tonight to share positive experiences and laughs among friends-- something one of the organizers of the event, the wife of a Randolph county sheriff's captain, says these officers all deserve.
"My husband comes home and he bottles a lot of it up. He doesn't want to tell me everything that's going on and worry me, so for him to be able to go out and talk to people who he works with and they know the same things he's going through -- it's a huge thing for him to have other people that he can share his stories with and they can talk about some of the things they've been through together," says organizer, Sandy Flowers.
About 75 police officers and sheriff's officials from Georgia and Alabama are expected to be at the ball tonight with their spouses.
Last year, the event was held in Albany.
This year it will be in Columbus and they plan to move it to a different city every year.
The mother of Jody Smith, one of the officers killed in Americus, will be in attendance. She is a sergeant with the Sumter County sheriff's office and among those who will be honored.