CHARLOTTE, N.C.— On Friday hundreds of police officers from across the state paid tribute to the men and woman who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
“There is no greater sacrifice that can be made on behalf of democracy,” said Major Jeff Estes of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
The annual memorial service was held at the First Baptist Church on South Davidson Street in uptown. Before the service, members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Huntersville Police Department and Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office met in front of police headquarters to march to the church.
Inside the service, family members of those who lost loved ones prayed and sang. Fortunately in 2012, no CMPD officers have died in the line of duty. The last officer to give the ultimate sacrifice was SWAT member Fred Thornton. Friday, his family members were at the memorial.
The families of officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton were also at First Baptist Church. Clark and Shelton were killed in 2007.
“We make sure that as a police family all across the region we raise these officers to the highest heights. Because they are, after all, the main reason that we continue on,” said Major Estes.
The memorial service is part of National Police Week, which ends Sunday.