DeKalb County leaders gathered May 10, 2010, to honor the county's fallen officers during the annual DeKalb Officers Memorial ceremony held in front of the memorial wall, located near the Old Courthouse in downtown Decatur. The wall bears the names of fallen officers in DeKalb County, dating back to 1852.
On hand were CEO Burrell Ellis, Commissioners Elaine Boyer, Jeff Rader, Lee May, Kathie Gannon and Larry Johnson, along with Solicitor Robert James, Public Safety Director William Miller, and members of the DeKalb County Police Department.
"The loss of a single officer is too much and far too many have laid down their lives in the line of duty," said CEO Ellis. "Since 1962, our nation has observed National Police Week. Here in DeKalb, we proudly uphold this tradition by commemorating the lives and sacrifices of those officers who are no longer with us in body, but who inspire us forever and who remain with us in spirit for so long as we are here to honor and cherish their memories."
Since 1852, 39 police officers from DeKalb County agencies, including those in cities in the county, have been killed in the line of duty.