On Tuesday, October 5th, the Sheriff's Office and the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 5-30, held the city's 2021 Police Memorial Day Service at the Fallen Officers Memorial Wall in downtown.
The observance honors the law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, since 1840, protecting the lives and property of the citizens of Jacksonville.
"When one of us falls, it is felt by all," said Sheriff Mike Williams at Tuesday's ceremony. "We wear the loss on our hearts, symbolized by a black band on our shield to the let the community know we lost part of our family."
This year, 63 officers were recognized as the Sheriff and Lisa Cunningham, wife of Police Lieutenant Christopher Cunningham, unveiled Lt. Cunningham's name on the Fallen Officers Memorial Wall. Cunningham passed away in August 2020, following complications caused by the COVID-19 virus that he contracted in the line of duty.
In addition to the survivors of the fallen, other honored guests in attendance at Tuesday's service included Congressman and Sheriff John Rutherford, Mayor Lenny Curry, State Attorney Melissa Nelson, Public Defender Charlie Cofer, Fire Chief Keith Powers, members of the judiciary and other elected and appointed officials, as well as members of JSO's neighboring law enforcement partners.
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to visit JSO's Roll Call of Honor.