Dothan, AL - The Dothan City Courtroom was filled with police officers Wednesday to honor their fallen brothers.
“This week and this day specifically is a time to reflect and think about those officers who gave their lives in the line of duty for the protection of their community,” said Chief Greg Benton.
Four candles flickered. Each representing a Dothan police officer killed in the line of duty. It’s been more than two decades since the last officer’s end of watch, but Benton said they’ll never forget.
“It’s also important to us to remember those officers. And maybe take some of the lessons that were learned from their deaths to use in our training today so we are safer.”
Despite the training, officers continue to die while serving others. Last year 120 officers were killed across the country. This year 41 lives have been taken so far.
“I’m firmly convinced every time a law officer puts on his uniform, his badge, and straps on his gunbelt in the back of his mind he knows today is the day something could go terribly wrong. Even in spite of that little bit of fear they go out and do their duties to protect you and I,” said retired Florida High Patrol Major Dean Sullivan.
Officers hope they don't have to add another flickering candle in Dothan.
This is all part of National Police Week.
Earlier Wednesday, President Obama recognized officers who died in the line of duty. That included a Baldwin County deputy killed back in November.