MARIETTA, Ga. - Dozens gathered at Marietta Square Wednesday evening to remember officers killed in the line duty, both locally and nationwide.
“We want to always keep them in our hearts and remember,” said Faith Norman whose husband died in the line of duty.
James “Freddie” Norman is the most recent officer in Cobb County to lose his life. He became a quadriplegic at the age of 24 when a teen drunk driver hit him. Faith said her husband was in a wheelchair and unable to talk. Freddie died in 2009 from the injuries sustained 21 years earlier.
During Wednesday’s memorial, law enforcement vehicles surrounded Marietta Square in honor of the fallen officers and lit candles to remember their sacrifice.
Just last year in the state of Georgia, 9 officers died and nationwide 44 officers have been killed just this year, a 22 percent increase from 2016.
Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn said officers continue with their training to keep themselves and the community safe.
“The public expects the police to be aggressive, but never be abusive, big difference between aggressive and abusive,” said Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn. “Do that, your competent in all your safety practices, the odds are you are going to be fine.”
Families of the fallen officers say they will always keep their loved ones close and pray for the officers serving their communities.
“As long as there is evil in this world there will never be peace and I just pray for our officers every day that they will arrive home safely,” said Faith.