Created: Mon, 20 May 2013 07:03:47 EST
Updated: Fri, 31 May 2013 10:02:00 EST
Twelve fallen officers had their names added to the Georgia Public Safety Memorial in Forsyth Monday afternoon. Law enforcement agencies from across the state were in attendance as well as Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to memorialized their fallen comrades.
"I would hope there would be a day where we wouldn't have the event that we're having today," said Deal as he address those in attendance. "That there would come a day when no one would lose their life, no family would suffer the lost of a loved one. That's not the world we live in."
722 names adorn the memorial wall. Names of fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters. Some of who may not have been appropriately honored at the time their death. Three officers honored Monday lost their life earlier than 1920.
One of them was Lane Williams' grandfather, Franklin Williams, a Bibb County Deputy shot during a raid on a gambling den in Macon in 1918. He made the trip down from Augusta. He never had the chance to meet his grandfather, the incident took place when his father was only 8 months old.
"I've known about his death all along," said Lane.
He described what he knew about his grandfather's fateful day. Telling WGXA that his father entered through the front door while other Bibb deputies entered from the back. When his grandfather entered a suspect open fire on Franklin who was able to return fire. Deputies later found the shooter dead draped over a fence, he did from Franklin's gunfire.
He showed off a bracelet he received after his grandfather's name was added to the national monument in Washington, D.C. two years ago.
"I'm proud of wearing that you know," he said.
Deputy Williams is also recognized at the First Responders Memorial in Macon at Mulberry and Second Street and in the lobby of the Bibb County Sheriff's Department.
Williams said memorial services allows him some connection with a granddad he has no memory of.
"In some way it puts us in tune with the sacrifices people pay, just like all these other folks," he said.
Who all came to remember their brothers, sisters, grandsons, and granddaughters who will forever be remembered as heroes.
The Bibb County Sheriff's Department has lost 7 officers in the line of duty, six of those are on the memorial wall.
Sheriff Davis says officer Chad McDonald's name is not qualified because even though he was on duty he died in an auto accident, which doesn't fit the criteria for placement. McDonald is honored at both sites in Macon.