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Florida's Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Officers killed in the line of duty were remembered Wednesday during Marianna, Florida's annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

And that list could be growing as officials continue digging into Jackson County's past.

It was a day to honor current law enforcement officers and commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Rookies and officers from police departments in Marianna and Sneads, as well as Jackson County Sheriff's Department were recognized.

But the county's officer of the year plaque went to a member of the Florida Highway Patrol, Sgt. J. D. Johnson arrested two bank robbers after the suspects opened fire.

Sheriff John McDaniel and Marianna Police Chief Lou Roberts placed a wreath in honor of their fallen comrades. Six members of the Jackson County Sheriff's Department are known to have died in the line of duty.

The sheriff says he's trying to determine if another officer may have been killed back in 1913, but old records are hard to find.

Sheriff McDaniel says the name of K-9 Lighter has been added to the list. The certified police dog was killed in an accident six weeks ago.

The program was sponsored by Crimestoppers and the Optomist Club of Jackson County.

Members of the American Legion from Sneads also participated in the ceremonies.


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