Peace Officers Memorial Day

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A 21 gun salute was given by the Hohenwald/Lewis County Special Response Team, above, as Police Chief Sam Livingston, left, played TAPS

In honor of Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day, a ceremony was held in the new fire hall on West Linden Street to pay tribute to fallen officers from Lewis County.

The Memorial Service began at 11 a.m. with a processional of city and county officers into the hall. Police Chief Sam Livingston opened with prayer and led the group gathered in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

After an introduction of guests, Livingston introduced HPD Captain Kevin Carroll, Lieutenant David Henley and Lewis County Sheriff Dwayne Kilpatrick to read a background for fallen officers’ service records.

The Alan Ragsdale Memorial Award was then presented to Zeke Sharp citing his outstanding service to Lewis County citizens for many years.

Keynote speaker Jeff Long, currently Williamson County Sheriff and formerly Assistant Attorney General for the 21st Judicial District which includes Lewis County, took the podium. He said he was here to honor the family of the fallen and to honor the memory of the fallen. He concluded with a thank you for their sacrifice.

HPD Patrolman Brent Bridges and Lt. Henley presented flowers to Shelly Ragsdale, wife of fallen Hohenwald Policeman Alan Ragsdale, and Elaine Bromley, mother of the fallen Dallas, Texas Officer Larry Bromley.

Amanda Livingston, daughter of Chief Livingston, sang “You Gave It All,” a song she composed music and lyrics for when she about 14. The song honors the sacrifice of the fallen officers.

Closing remarks and a prayer were offered by Pastor John Rawdon.

Rawdon said, “I try to make peace. These officers try to keep peace.”

A 21 gun salute followed by the Hohenwald/ Lewis County Special Response Team led by Sergeant Michael Dunn. Chief Livingston played TAPS.

The service continued with a processional led by law enforcement to both Downey Cemetery and Memorial Gardens where Officer Ragsdale and Officer Bromley are buried. Wreaths were laid at their graves.

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