Athens Review, Athens, Texas

May 16, 2013

Ultimate sacrifice

Local peace officers remembered Thursday

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

ATHENS — Peace officers from across Henderson County gathered on the courthouse square Thursday afternoon to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

As stated in an earlier edition of the Athens Daily Review, The Peace Officers' memorial was dedicated in 1999, bearing the names of Henderson County law officers who have died in the line of duty, as well as those who have died while members of the Henderson County Peace Officers Association.

Henderson County Attorney Clint Davis, the keynote speaker for the event, was introduced by Peace Officer’s Association President Bryan Tower prior to his speech.

Davis told the crowd in attendance why this day is important for citizens of Henderson County.

“We are also here to honor all of those that you see out here, who continue to go out and put on a badge and a gun and kiss their kids and their spouses goodbye,” Davis said. “Not only are we honoring and paying tribute to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, but to those that continue to serve.”

Davis also wanted the public to know the importance of our peace officers, and the oath they take to go out and make our cities as safe as they possibly can each and every day.

“We should want to ensure that those who give the ultimate sacrifice is not in vain, and they made a difference in our community,” Davis said.

Davis said peace officers everywhere and their families live with the realization that any day on the job could bring danger.

He also brought up the situation in Kaufman County as a reminder that no one in public service is safe when it comes to helping the public.

“I was also thinking about the Kaufman County murders with Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse and District Attorney Mike McClelland and his wife, Cynthia,” Davis said. “I think it would be remised of me to not mention them as a prosecutor myself.”

The traditional format of the memorial event was observed, including the laying of the wreath, the gun salute and the playing of Taps.

Tower read the names of each of the officers killed in the line of duty, or while a member of the HCPOA.