Lori Mitchell held a handmade memorial and wiped tears from her eyes as she thought about the men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Mitchell was among several dozen people who attended a service Monday morning in honor of National Peace Officer Memorial Day.
“I grew up in a police family, so I get sensitive when I think of officers that have passed, thinking about their families,” she said.
Mitchell attended the service as a tribute to several members of her family who have served in law enforcement.
“My father is a former police officer and he’s dying of cancer,” she said. “If he didn’t have his cancer, he would still be serving.”
The annual event was held at the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center.
“We want to take a few minutes and remember those who gave their lives in the line of duty,” said Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle.
Those in attendance, wearing mourning bands over their badges, bowed their heads as Chaplain Chad Rogers called for a moment of silence.
Prior to the service, a wreath was placed at the entrance to the jail.
“Every day when you come into work and pass by this, I want you to remember those who paid the sacrifice to keep us safe and appreciate what they did,” Rogers said.
Carlisle said the service was also about recognizing the men and women in law enforcement who continue to serve.
“I appreciate all the work you do for us, and all the work you do for Dawson County,” he said. “Ya’ll do a great job for us.”
National Police Week continues through May 21.
Area residents can show their support for local law enforcement by tying royal blue ribbons to their vehicle antennas.
Ribbons can be picked up at the law enforcement center during normal business hours.