Community pauses to remember fallen officers

first_img The mayor’s prayer is that there will never be another name to add.Lunsford presented a proclamation declaring the Week of May 10 to May 16 Police Week in Troy.“It is important that all citizens know and understand the duties, responsibilities, hazards and sacrifices of the officers of the Troy Police Department,” Lunsford said. “It is also important that the officers recognize their duties to serve the people by safeguarding life and property and by protecting them against violence and disorder and by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression.”The mayor encouraged those in attendance to honor those law enforcement officers who, through their courageous deeds, have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community.“Let us pay respect to the survivors of our fallen heroes,” Lunsford said.A memorial wreath was placed at the Troy Police Memorial Monument in memory and honor of those whose lives were given in service to others.Sgt. Benny Scarbrough and Officer Ben Crawley presented a love offering to Geneva County Deputy Sheriff Josh Myers, whose wife and daughter, were killed during the shooting spree in Coffee and Geneva counties that took the lives of 10 people on March 19.“Law enforcement is a close-knit group and we wanted to do something for this guy who has lost a part of his family,” Scarbrough said.“The Troy Police Department donated to the fund and the Steve Watkins Memorial Lodge 57 Fraternal Order of Police matched the donations of the Troy Police Department. We were glad to be able to do something for one of our own.” Email the author Print Article Latest Stories Book Nook to reopen Published 11:24 pm Thursday, May 14, 2009 Community pauses to remember fallen officers Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Although it has been almost 28 years since Steve Watkins was shot and killed while responding to a domestic dispute, people still care.As hard as it is, members of the Watkins’ family attend the Peace Officers Memorial Day services held annually in Troy during National Police Week in May.“Time does have a way of making things a little better,” said Joanne Watkins, Steve’s mother. “It’s not nearly as hard as it was 20 years ago. But we know that Steve is in a better place, and we take comfort in that.” Joanne Watkins understands the dangers police officers face each day, and said she keeps them in her prayers.Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford spoke to the gathering at the Peace Officers Memorial Day service on Wednesday and said the community owes a great debt of gratitude to the men and women who serve and protect, not just on the local level but all across the state and nation.“We owe them thanks more than mere words can say,” Lunsford said. “The police officers are soldiers in service and are committed to keeping their communities safe. But we want them to be aware and ready to protect themselves when they are protecting us.”The names of five “fallen brothers” are listed on the memorial monument at Troy Municipal Park – Will G. Jackson, June 3, 1905; Hayden Youngblood, May 22, 1962; Cecil Sullivan, Nov. 12, 1967; Billy Dease, Jan. 15, 1968; and Steve Watkins, Nov. 26, 1981. 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Coming home: 900th returns on Friday

first_img Book Nook to reopen Email the author By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like Budget talks begin for PCC The Pike County Commission held the first round of budget hearings on Monday. The good news is that the commission… read more The 900th Maintenance Company of the Alabama National Guard will return to Brundidge Friday after a year on active duty in Afghanistan.The homecoming ceremony is planned for noon at Pike County High School’s Bulldog Stadium and the public is encouraged to attend as the soldiers from the Brundidge and Phenix City areas are officially welcomed home.The homecoming route will be through Luverne along Highway 29 into Troy and then along Veterans Blvd. into downtown Brundidge. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Coming home: 900th returns on Friday Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Latest Stories Several local motorcycle clubs with retired military memberships, the Patriot Riders, Faith Riders and Legionnaires, will escort the military convoy through downtown Brundidge.“The 98th Army Band from Fort Rucker will play prior to the soldiers’ arrival and as the soldiers march into the stadium,” Sneed said. “The soldiers’ families and visitors will be seated on the home side of the stadium.“Keepsake roses will be presented to the families of the soldiers as they enter the stadium.”The Rev. Jerry Wilkes, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, will give the invocation and the program will include six speakers, including officers from the Alabama National Guard and the mayors of Brundidge and Phenix City. The ceremony will be 30 minutes or less in order for the soldiers to be dismissed to be with their families. Dixie Shehane, president of the Brundidge Business Association, said the BBA will have refreshments for the soldiers and their families following the ceremony.“There’s no way that we can adequately show our appreciation to the soldiers for their service and to their families for the sacrifices that they made while their loved ones were deployed,” Shehane said. “‘Thank you,’ just doesn’t seem like enough but we do hope that they all know how much they are appreciated and how proud we are to have them safely home.” The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is asking individuals and businesses along the route to display the American flag, yellow ribbons and welcome home signs. Businesses throughout the county are asked to display welcome home messages on their marques.The downtown Brundidge area will be decorated for the homecoming and people are invited to line the streets to show their appreciation for the service of the 900th and pride in their country.Cindy Sneed, chair of the 900th Maintenance Company’s family readiness group, said the 158 soldiers of the 900th returned to the states early Sunday morning. The 900th is at Camp Shelby, Mississippi and will leave there for home on Friday. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, August 9, 2011 Print Article By Jaine Treadwell Skiplast_img read more