Johnston County police hold memorial, vigil

Posted May 13, 2009 6:31 p.m. EDT

— In conjunction with National Police Week, the Johnston County Fraternal Order of Police held a memorial service and candlelight vigil at the Johnston County Community College Public Safety Training Center on Tuesday.

National Police Week recognizes the service and sacrifices made by U.S. law enforcement.

Johnston County has lost seven officers in service to their communities, according to Joseph M. Brady, of the Johnston County Fraternal Order of Police.

Family members of four of the officers attended the Tuesday’s vigil.

“These heroes are no longer with us. But I can tell you in our hearts, we will always remember and be grateful for your husband, your wife, your mother, your father, your sister, your brother, your daughter, your son,” said Terry Mangum, the president of the North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police.

The Johnston County chapter is working with the Johnston County Community College BLET program to construct a permanent memorial honoring police officers, fire fighters and EMS personnel who died in service to citizens.