The Andrew Jackson Lodge #5 Fraternal Order of Police held its annual memorial service Thursday, honoring 45 officers that were killed in the line of duty.
The number includes officers with Metro Nashville Police Department and the department’s predecessor, the Nashville Police Department.
The most recent metro police officer to lose their life was Eric Mumaw. Metro police say Officer Mumaw drowned in the Cumberland River while responding to a call about a suicidal woman.
George Hall was just 24 years old when he was shot and killed in the line of duty. That was in 1976, but his family never goes a day without thinking about him.
“He was my brother,” said Ken Hall, “Just like it happened yesterday… it doesn’t get any easier.”
“We are a nation and a city that understands the importance of those who sacrifice their lives for us,” Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson said in his speech, “So we’re here today not just to pay tribute to these men and women, but to actually remember who they were as a person.”
“Officers who acted on the courage of their convictions, and valiantly sacrificed their lives to stand the line between good and evil because they believed Nashville was worth the cost,” Sgt. James Smallwood, the FOP President told the crowd.
Mayor David Briley also spoke. He challenged those in attendance “to do more in the year that comes… to build support for our police department and the efforts that they undertake every year.”
Support, not just for a uniform or a badge, but for a family community.
“This is a different kind of family, we’re here to support each other,” said Hall’s niece, Laurie Hall.
“For everybody to show up and honor the ones that have fallen in the line of duty… it’s kind of overwhelming,” Ken Hall added.
The state’s memorial service for fallen officers will be held on Friday at Legislative Plaza.