Fallen first responders honored with a walk

ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) -The lives of first responders that paid the ultimate price were recognized with a walk in Anderson county Tuesday evening.

The 31st annual “Walk in the Park” was held by law enforcement, firefighters and EMS at the Chris Taylor park across from the sheriff’s office in Anderson.

During the ceremony, the names of all officers and firefighters killed on the job were read. As they were read, silhouettes were displayed for each life being remembered.

Following the ceremony, family and friends joined responders for a silent walk around the pond.

Chris Taylor park was built and dedicated to Anderson County fallen deputy Taylor who was shot and killed in 1992.

Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper, who lead the ceremony, says the event every year reminds him of his colleague and every officer that puts their life on the line to protect the community.

“You know it brings back those memories at that moment and time. When we go out and investigate one of those cases, it sticks with you for a long time,“ Sheriff Skipper said. “Some were traffic accidents, some were violent by being shot and it is a way to have the community together. We want to always keep this going.”

This year’s “Walk in the Park” landed on red ribbon week. Organizers say that’s why the walk also represented their drug free community.

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