JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) – Police officers in Jackson, Michigan came together this week to remember those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
“I think people underestimate the personal drain on our police officers of not only being society’s protectors but also being the clean up crew for the mess that humanity leaves in its wake,” Jackson County Referee Allison Bates said.
“Too many of our colleagues, friends, loved ones are missing but in both spirit and memory, they are still with us,” said Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand.
Some spoke on the passing of Trooper Chad Dermyer, a native of Jackson, Michigan, who was shot and killed this spring in Richmond, Virginia. In 2007, Dermyer joined the Jackson Police Department, where he served for three years.
Former NFL player and Jackson, Michigan native Russell Davis spoke at the memorial event.
“I was in Virginia the day… the former Jackson officer was gunned down, very close to the city of Richmond. And, that news really bothered me. Quite a bit…because it was so unnecessary,” Davis said.
Each family placed a flower in a wreath to remember their loved ones’ lives.