Law Enforcement Preparing Annual Memorial Event


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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Law enforcement in Madison County will once again honor their brothers killed in the line of duty. Members of the Fraternal Order of Police are asking you to help.

Donny Shaw is a lieutenant with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. He’s also a Vice President with the state’s Fraternal Order of Police.

“It’s a person who really wants to serve his community, do good and try to be there for people in their times of need,” said Shaw.

He’s held a badge 23 years.

“It’s like the first day I started. That, again, goes to someone’s personality,” added Shaw.

Shaw will use a monument to help others look back at more than 130 years of law enforcement history. The words on the monument will help the FOP honor members of law enforcement who were killed in the line of duty.

“This is probably one of the easiest things I do all year. I am just giving to them. They gave the ultimate sacrifice,” added Shaw.

Members of Shaw’s organization will read 22 names. The readers will explain how each officer died.

“A lot of times, it’s just a name on the wall, or a name of a person after a certain amount of time and you forget what their sacrifice was,” added Shaw.

Shaw wants the public to gather around the monument to be a part of it too.

The memorial ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The public should gather around the monument on courthouse square at 6:30 p.m. There will be a candlelight vigil in addition to the memorial service.

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