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Hazard Police unveil memorial for fallen officers

Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 3:19 PM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Hazard Chief of Police, Minor Allen, unveiled a memorial to all 23 of the fallen officers in Perry County’s history on Friday.

The memorial is located outside of the Hazard Police Department downtown and will be lit up blue most nights.

Chief Allen came up with the idea 10 years ago to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

”It will be a something that anybody that passes by here, or someone that’s lost a loved one in the line of duty can stop and reflect on,” said Chief Allen.

The project was paid for with donations. The end result is a one-of-a-kind honor to the fallen officers.

”We were just amazed that we had that many officers in this county that had died in the line of duty and there was not any kind of memorial anywhere,” said Chief Allen.

Current law enforcement officers paid their respects during the dedication, and some took away a positive message from the community.

”A lot of times we feel like we’re the enemy, people are against us, but situations like this and events like this let us know that we do have people that stand behind us through thick and thin,” said Chief Deputy Jason Duff of the Perry County Sheriffs Office.

”To see the community come together like this and honor these men that made the ultimate sacrifice means a great deal to me.,” said Kentucky State Police Trooper Matt Gayheart.

Chief Allen added that no law enforcement officer wants to see a colleague’s name on a memorial like this, but they’re grateful to have a place to recognize those that give their life in the line of duty.

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