OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) – The Opelika Police Department held its annual memorial service for officers killed in the line of duty Tuesday.
The ceremony was held at the police station. A memorial displayed the three officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
A Lee County sheriff and a deputy who died in the line of duty were also remembered.
The guest speaker for the ceremony, Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes, told those who attended that being a law enforcement officer is not just a job, it's a calling.
"They serve not for the thank you that they so rarely hear. Not even from people who need them the most. They serve because they know they are the front line in the protection of the citizens and the pursuit of justice," said Brandon Hughes, Lee County District Attorney.
Roses were given to the family members of the fallen officers.
Public safety officials from the surrounding area were also in attendance.