Fallen officers remembered at Peace Officers Memorial Day observance in Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Many loved ones held back tears as they reflected on memories of those who protected and served until the very end.

Joyce Roberts is like many in attendance at the Columbus Government Center. She's here to honor the lives of officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. One officer in particular is very close to her heart.

"My husband put his whole life into his position and so to have people honor him is just a heartfelt thing for me," said widow Joyce Roberts.

Her husband, James H. Roberts, was directing traffic at an event when he was hit by a car. Joyce Roberts said he didn't survive his injuries.

"I did get to the scene and I was able to talk with him while he was in the ambulance ready to go. That made a lot of difference. All of his fellow officers did get a chance with him before he died," said Joyce Roberts.

"We want the family members of the officers that gave their lives to know that we don't forget. We still care and we still remember," explained Major J.D. Hawk.

One by one, relatives walked down the aisle with a rose in hand to remember the lives of those who kept us safe.

"To have them honor him is just a heartfelt thing for me," said Joyce Roberts.

"When you need something, they always call 911 and we always come no matter what," said  Lit. Bill Gasaway.

Tuesday's ceremony was done to continue recognizing Peace Officers Memorial Day as a part of National Police Week.

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