Law enforcement officers will pay tribute to those who have been killed in the line of duty in Lamar County with a memorial service on Wednesday.
The service is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Bywaters Park and is open to the public.
A combined law enforcement color guard will open the memorial service with the ‘Posting of the Colors’ followed by the National Anthem sung by Kallyn Burchinal.
Officers from each law enforcement agency in the county will participate in placing of the wreath and the reading of fallen officers.
Each officer’s name who has been killed in the line of duty in Lamar County will be read in roll call by officers.
Following the reading of the names of the fallen, a rifle volley will be presented along with the playing of taps and ‘Amazing Grace’.
Former Chief of Police Ted Gibson will also speak at the event.
The names of the fallen officers include:
Lamar County Deputy Sheriff Matt Green – EOW March 1st, 1867
Paris Police Officer William Albright – EOW December 4th, 1874
Lamar County Sheriff James Black – EOW November 16th, 1884
Lamar County Deputy Sheriff Henry Clay Davis – EOW December 27th, 1885
Blossom City Marshal Ben J. Hill – EOW October 19th, 1902
Paris Police Officer William Cliff Schultz – EOW March 6th, 1904
Lamar County Precinct 1 Deputy Constable William Robert Draper – EOW February 5th, 1909
Paris Police Officer Duane Cross – EOW July 20th, 1920
Lamar County Sheriff Chief Deputy George Robertson – EOW Sept. 10th, 1940
Texas ABC Agent Delbert Pearson – EOW January 18th, 1973
Paris Police Officer David Roberts – EOW Sept. 21st, 1985
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeffery Nichols – EOW March 26th, 2016
The memorial is expected to last about 45 minutes and if the weather doesn’t cooperate the service will be moved to the Love Civic Center.
Photo: Joe Watson Photography