"It was hard getting things going this morning. We just come from our first anniversary. This is our first memorial service," says Chief Mark Jones of the Headland Police Department.
Headland police lost three people they called "family" within the past 13 months. Auxiliary Officer Roy Carter and Chaplain Andy Bryan both passed away from causes unrelated to their jobs. These losses took their toll on this small community. But nothing compared to the shock and tragedy of April 24th 2009. That's the day when officer Dexter Hammond was killed in the line of duty; shot dead by 53-year-old Fred Davis.
Pastor Norman Simmons said the service was a time for healing.
"I spoke with a wife, family members since we came off stage and I said, 'Are you doing okay?' And they said this was good. This helps with closure. We all need closure," shared Simmons.
After the tragedy the whole town united.
"The community opened their arms. It was overwhelming -- the care and the concern of the citizens of Headland, not just Headland but all around the world," shared Chief Jones.
The city erected a memorial so the town will never forget the service of these men.
"It was for Dexter Hammond, who lost his life on April 24th, and the other ones that died when they were working for us," said Headland Mayor Ray Marlor.