NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A moving memorial at Legislative Plaza honored those that sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
Families of fallen heroes from across Tennessee attended the ceremony hosted by the Tennessee State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Friday morning.
More than 100 people attended the ceremony taking a moment to say thank you and to recognize the families who have lost an officer in the of duty.
This year Dickson County Sergeant Daniel Baker’s name was added to the list at the ceremony. His widow, Lisa and their daughter Meredith were among those in attendance.
Lisa wore Sgt. Baker’s badge on a chain around her neck and his wedding band on her thumb. She placed a red rose in her husband’s honor on a wreath.
Another powerful moment was between Trina Scott and her 2-year-old grandson David, who is named after her husband who was killed in the line of duty in 2002.
“Just a few minutes ago when the bagpipes were playing, before they played he came running up to me and gave me a hug and as they were playing he just put his head down on my shoulder and I don’t know whether it was something that, I don’t know but he just loved me a lot more than normal, but he put his head on my shoulder and his head stayed on my shoulder all while the bagpipes were playing and it was like both David’s were here for me,” Scott told News 2.
After the ceremony, many of the families and colleagues of those that made the ultimate sacrifice attended a luncheon hosted by the survivor’s group, COPS, and the FOP.
COPS Chapter President, Trish Mundy Bolinger knows firsthand about the heartache. Her husband, Mt. Juliet police Sgt. Jerry Mundy and Wilson County Sheriff’s Deputy John Musice were killed in 2003 by a fleeing felon while they tried to stop her with spike strips.
“I can play that day in my head like it’s today and I don’t know what it is, it just sticks with you. It never leaves you. There are certain things that will happen, there are events that will bring it back more boldly, but yes it comes back very easily,” the widow told News 2.
She says working with other survivors is her way of paying it forward to help those that are dealing with similar pain so that they know there are resources to help them cope.
The Baker family attended the luncheon as well. There Lisa told News 2 how nice, yet overwhelming the events were. She said they recently celebrated Sgt. Baker’s birthday and that she is just emotionally drained.
The end of May will mark the anniversary of the day Sgt. Baker was shot and killed. A special, private memorial is being planned for that day in his honor.
So far this year, three law enforcement officers have been killed while serving their communities.
Chattanooga Police Office Nicholas Galinger was killed in February after he was hit by a car.
Officer Galinger graduated from the police academy weeks before his death.
Sergeant Steve Hinkle, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, was shot in late February while conducting a welfare check. He died a few days later.
Just this week, Trooper Matthew Gatti was killed in a crash in West Tennessee.
There will be special moments of remembrance for these officers at the memorial.
Speakers include Governor Bill Lee, TN FOP President Scottie DeLashmit, Commissioner Jeff Long and Speaker Glen Casada.
Officers from Metro police, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Memphis Police, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Mt. Juliet Police will participate in the service. It begins at 10:00 a.m. at Legislative Plaza and is open to the public.