4th Annual AL Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony
As National Police Week comes to an end, law enforcement officers from around the state came together at Centennial Memorial Park today to honor all officers who lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. During today’s memorial ceremony, the lives and service of three fallen officers were recognized.
More than 100 people gathered near the Alabama Law Enforcement Memorial to pay homage to every name on the memorial wall. Local law officials including Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge and Probate Judge Alice Martin were some who represented Calhoun County. Governor Kay Ivey was also in attendance as she recognized the sacrifices law enforcement officials make every day.
As apart of the memorial service to honor fallen officers, a statue of a police officer and a young boy holding the American flag was unveiled. Birmingham Police Sergeant Wytasha Carter, and Mobile Police Officer Sean Tuder were two of the names also unveiled during today’s ceremony. The third officer whose name has been added to the memorial is Officer Benjamin McDonald. Officer McDonald was a patrol officer for the Lanett Police Department who died in November of 1936 after a shootout with two suspects. Lieutenant Patrick McCullough says Officer McDonald was well loved and respected by his community. Lieutenant McCullough also had the honor of attending a candlelight vigil and memorial service held for fallen officers in Washington D.C. where Officer McDonald was also honored.