SPARTANBURG, SC – (WSPA) – The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office hosted a wreath-laying ceremony at the Spartanburg Co. Law Enforcement Memorial as part of National Law Enforcement Officers Week.
They say it is to honor the 16 officer from nine different agencies killed in the line of duty in Spartanburg Co.
Sgt. Danny Shields and Deputy Jacob Shields, who are related to two of the fallen officers, and the wife and mother of Master Police Officer Jason Gregory Harris placed a wreath at the memorial.
“It’s a very tough ceremony, especially when it’s that recent. It’s a reminder for us every year and everyone that these people paid the ultimate sacrifice,” says Sgt. Shields.
A brass plaque honoring Officer Jason Harris is now mounted to the memorial wall.
“We never want to forget. We always want to remember and have this day to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice,” says Amos Durham, the senior chaplain for the sheriff’s office. “We always want to keep that in the forefront of our community, our county, and let the families know that we haven’t forgotten.”
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenville Police Department will hold their memorial service Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Officers and deputies from Greenville County are in Washington D.C. as part of the national ceremony.