Fallen law enforcement honored during National Law Enforcement Memorial Week
JACKSON, Tenn. (WNBJ) - Today in Jackson, law enforcement across the state gathered to honor the fallen for National Law Enforcement Memorial Week.
Family, friends, and several law enforcement agencies met today to honor fallen officers, deputies, investigators, and troopers who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
“They are public servants, and they are there for their communities. When something like this happens, we want to be able to recognize that sacrifice,” said Chief Tom Corley with the Jackson Police Department.
Madison County Sheriff John Mehr says he was close to several deputies who lost their lives and reflects on the memorial.
“It’s a sad occasion but it is a joyful occasion to see people come together and give that honor,” said Sheriff John Mehr with the Madison County Sheriff's Office.
Hannah Gatti lost her brother Trooper Matthew Gatti of the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 2019 and says it never gets easier losing a loved one but it feels good to be supported.
“Nice to feel love from so many people that don’t really know you, but you feel that connection with you,” said Hannah Gatti, sister of fallen TN Highway Patrol Trooper.
Shannon Frazier lost her husband Special Agent De’Greaun Frazier of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in 2016 and says she’s grateful to law enforcement for their service.
“I am truly honored and just humbly grateful each and every time that I’m able to come to an event and honor these amazing men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe,” said Shannon Frazier, wife of fallen TBI agent.
The ceremony included a performance of taps, a gun salute, a proclamation dedication, and lunch for family members and law enforcement members.