Morgan County Deputy’s widow attends law enforcement memorial ceremony

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – National Peace officers Memorial Day is Saturday, May 15th.

This week, local departments are holding their own ceremonies leading up to it. The service in Decatur on Wednesday morning was particularly difficult for one woman in attendance.

On a bright sunny day, a crowd gathered to reflect on dark times. It was a ceremony to remember officers killed in the line of duty in Morgan County, dating back to 1905, and to thank those who work that line today.

Luther Strange, Alabama Attorney General, was the guest speaker.

“I thank you very much for your service,” he said to the crowd of law enforcement officers.

Strange emphasized he worries for all officers now.

“Literally and figuratively, the men and women who wear the badge are under attack in this country right now,”
he said.

“Law enforcement is our protection,” said Dorothy Biles.¬†She came to the ceremony to honor Her husband, Bill, the namesake added in 1985.

“He never knew if he was coming back home or not,” she recalled emotionally. “Of course that day he didn’t.”

He died in May 30 years ago after 20 years on watch.

“It does not get any easier as the days go by,” she said.

She’s grateful for those who pause to remember the sacrifice.

Athens Police plan to hold their memorial service Thursday at 5:15 p.m. on the Square.