Remembering the fallen, that’s what law enforcement did Friday at the Pitt County Court House and the Kinston City Council Chambers.
9 On Your Side attended both memorial services.
Dozens of people came out to both services to honor their fellow fallen officers.
Community members, city officials and law enforcement from Bethel, Farmville and Pitt counties paid their respects to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the line of duty over the years.
The program consisted of prayers, the laying of the wreath, shotgun salute, and songs.
9 On Your Side spoke with Randall Walston, who is the Police Chief at Vidant Health, said that being an officer is tough and that we should remember those who have put their lives on the line every day.
“This profession is tough we go out every single day and not knowing what we are going to encounter or what’s going to happen and so many officers each year don’t make it home at the end of their shifts and we can never forget those and the sacrifices that they made,” Walston.
Walston goes on the say that it’s nice to see the community come together for a program like this one.
11 officers from Pitt County and two from Kinston were honored on Friday.
9 On Your Side spoke to Dr. John Isenberg, who is the chaplain for the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol who had this to say.
“But we should never forget what these men and women do they put their lives on the line every day they go out to keep us safe to protect us to serve us,” said Isenberg.
Isenberg goes on to say that he wishes more people would come out to programs like these.
He says he’s unfortunately seen attendance lower over the years.
But says he’s grateful for those who do come out and take the time to remember the fallen.