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Special Memorial Honors Officers Who Died In Line Of Duty

Posted May 15, 2002

— People in Fayetteville took time out Wednesday to honor law enforcement officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice -- their lives. The annual Peace Officers Memorial provided closure for some.

Dozens of men, women and children gathered in the courtyard of the Cumberland County Courthouse to give thanks to those who gave their lives. Each name on the officers' peace memorial represents a family, a friend or a loved one of a fallen hero.

Last November, Carol Furlong's fiancee, Officer

Roy Turner Jr.

, was shot while on patrol. He was the first Fayetteville police officer killed in the line of duty since 1976.

"It's a day to remember him," Furlong said. "We pray a lot and try to make it as best we can."

Fayetteville Police Officer Bobby Chapman said he brought his two sons to the memorial to show them just how precious life really is.

"I felt like it was important to bring them out here, so they would have an understanding that this loss of life is greater than us," Chapman said.

"Being here brings pride to me. Seeing my dad every day risk his life to save and help keep this community safe," said Aaron Chapman, Bobby's son.

There are names listed on the memorial from members of the state highway patrol to members of the military police. Since 1992, Cumberland County has lost 10 law enforcement officers in the line of duty.

A statewide tribute to fallen officers will take place Friday in Greensboro.

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