Area law enforcement officials took the time Thursday to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty during a memorial service at Public Safety Memorial Park.
While no officer in Mobile County was killed in the line of duty in 2013, a total of 105 officers lost their lives nationwide.
“Today is law enforcement’s time to remember those who died in the line of duty,” said Mobile Police Chief James Barber. “It’s a heartfelt issue to us to take a moment and remember.”
Barber was the keynote speaker at the event, which also included a 21-gun salute, the playing of Taps and “Amazing Grace.”
The event also featured the reading of names from the Roll of Honor. Barber, Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran and Robert Laskey, special agent in charge at the Federal Bureau of Investigation read the names of those who’ve served in law enforcement and died.
They are: Jerry Barnette, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office; Kenneth Ely, MPD; Troy Faulk, MCSO; Tommy Menton, MPD; Arnold Owens, MCSO; Jon Robertson, MPD; Michael L. Tallant, Dauphin Island Police Department; Hollis Ward, MCSO; James Bray, MPD; Roy Huff Eveland Jr., FBI; Paul Folse, MPD; Edward Kilday III, FBI; Paul F. Morton, State Probations and Paroles, Gavin L. Presnall, MPD; Raymond T. Smith, MPD; John Ricky Taylor, MPD.