STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -Law officers and supporters in Statesboro gathered to remember the fallen on Wednesday. One of the most vocal supporters wrapped up an 18-hour overnight walk to call attention to the thin blue line of law enforcement.
Organizers of the memorial service say they’re encouraged to see more people paying tribute to those who protect this community and others around the nation.
Officers from local agencies and their supporters remembered the Georgia officers killed in the line of duty of the past year. That included Ludowici Police Chief Frank McClellan and Savannah Police Sergeant Kelvin Ansari. The ceremony grew from the annual law enforcement walk by Statesboro’s John Long, who finished this year’s trek right outside. He thanked the officers for their service on behalf of the community and said he’s glad to see the support growing.
“I had people last night and today talking to me about what we’re going to do next year, and we hadn’t even finished the walk,” said organizer John Long.
He presented the thin blue line flags he’s carried from each of his three annual walks. He says he does it to show his appreciation for officers and hopefully his walk leads others appreciate them too.
They hope to make this ceremony and annual event.