DOBSON — Sgt. Greg Martin and seven other Surry-Yadkin law enforcement officers who’ve made the supreme sacrifice will be remembered in a special ceremony Sunday at Dobson.
It will include the dedication of a memorial wall to honor those among that number who were serving in Surry County at the time they were killed in the line of duty.
Salem Baptist Church will host the annual Surry-Yadkin County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service Sunday at 3 p.m. The public is invited.
The service will launch National Police Week in the two counties for 2011.
Each May during National Police Week, the country pauses to recognize the service and sacrifices of U.S. law enforcement. National Police Week was established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and a joint resolution of Congress. It pays special tribute to those officers who have lost their lives in the safety and protection of others. Ceremonies are held annually in Washington, D.C., and communities across the U.S.
Sunday’s memorial service at Dobson will be in remembrance of the eight Surry and Yadkin law enforcement officers whose lives ended serving the citizens of those counties. This includes members of their respective sheriff’s offices or the police departments of Mount Airy, Pilot Mountain and Jonesville, where Martin was an officer.
The dedication ceremony for the county law enforcement officers memorial wall which will be a special part of this year’s service will be in memory of the six fallen law enforcement officers who worked for departments in Surry County.
Salem Baptist Church is located at 430 Rockford Road just outside Dobson.
Additional information about the service/ceremony is available from Chet Jessup at 374-5409. Jessup has led various bridge- and road-naming and other efforts on behalf of slain officers locally.