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Officers honor those who have fallen in the line of duty

Law enforcement officers and officials in the community gathered Monday night to pay tribute to those who have given their lives for their community and country.

Georgia lost seven police officers and three members of the United States military in the line of duty.

Monday night officials held a candle light vigil in their honor at Southside Baptist Church in Warner Robins.

Twelve-year-old Raychel Witmer started the program by singing the National Anthem. Houston County District Attorney George Hartwig was the guest speaker.

"Everyone one of us knows that any given day that we go to work might be our last," said Hartwig, a former police officer.

"It's tough, it hits home. We're a brotherhood that most people don't realize so it's difficult to explain unless you're in law enforcement," said Gary Turley, a member of the Houston County Sheriff's Office.

A speaker recognized each person who gave the ultimate sacrifice by lighting a candle in their honor.

Anthony Barfield, Chief of Police for the Barwick Police Department, suffered a fatal heart attack on April 9, 2013 while at the scene of a domestic disturbance call.

On May 17th 2013, Special Agent Christopher Lorek and Special Agent Stephen Shaw were killed in a training accident twelve miles off of the coast of Virginia Beach.

James Terry Watson was stabbed to death on June 21st 2013 in Columbia during a drug smuggling investigation.

On July 30th 2013 Corporal Thomas Slay of the Columbus Police Department was killed in a car accident on his way to assist another officer.

Officer Ivorie Klusmann of the Dekalb County police department was also killed in a car accident on his way to assist another officer on August 10th 2013.

On September 5th, 2013 SSGT Todd Lobraico Jr. was killed by small arms fire while on patrol in Afghanistan.

Special Agent Joseph Peters was killed by an Improvised Explosive Device on October 6th 2013 in Afghanistan.

On December 13th 2013 Petty Officer Travis Obendorf succumbed to injuries he sustained while responding to a search and rescue mission for a disabled fishing vessel off of the Alaskan coast.

Officer Noel Hawk with the Eatonton Police Department died May 4th 2014 suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after breaking up a fight at a fast food restaurant.

"The work that these people do, and they're really not getting paid enough for it, and there's no way we can pay them for the sacrifice they make. Any day could be the day that they make that ultimate sacrifice, but they do it and that's what's inspiring to me and it should be to everyone," said Mayor Randy Toms.


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