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Hundreds gather for Peace Officers Memorial Day, as they remember one of their own

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By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) – Saturday, May 15th, is National Peace Officer's Memorial Day.  

Hundreds gathered at Centennial Park in Huntington to thank our heroes and honor the men and women who put their lives on the line.

Huntington Mayor Herman Woolbright read some shocking statistics to the crowd.

"There are roughly 60,000 assaults on officers a year. Since 1972, more than 18,000 law officers have been killed while on duty in the United States," read Woolbright.

One of the fallen officers is Huntington police officer John Logan Junior who was killed at the age of 33.

"It's been six years since he's been gone but he lives in every one of us every day," said Logan's 19-year-old son, Jareb Logan.

Jareb fought back tears as he remembered his father, who was killed while on duty March 13, 2004.

Police say Logan stopped to pull someone over. The driver got out of his vehicle, shot and killed him.

Remembering the day his father was taken from him, friends and family surrounded Jareb to let him know he's not alone.

Law enforcement officials and veterans were honored, and a special surprise was presented to Logan's family.

Mayor Woolbright named May 15th "John E. Logan Jr. day".

"I thought that would be nice for his family and for his son especially," said Woolbright.

"This was really a surprise. I'm very proud," said Laverne Schwartz, Logan's mother.

For these men and women, Logan's tragic death hits close to home. Especially for those that worked with him.

"What happened to John, I think about it every day. You never know when you're going to walk up to a car. You've got to use every precaution that you have and then more," said Jasper County deputy, John Cooper, who worked with Logan.

They say it's a reminder not to take anything for granted.

"When I go home I hug my kids, tell them I love them," said Cooper.

Jareb Logan is now following in dad's footsteps, planning to attend Stephen F. Austin University and get his Texas Peace Officer's license.

"I used to ride with my dad when I was little. It's just something I've always had a good passion in," said Jareb.

His family will continue to carry on John Logan Junior's legacy, his compassion for other people, and willingness to change lives, no matter the circumstance.

The city of Huntington also unveiled a project they've been working on for three years, the Veterans Memorial wall, honoring those who have fought for our country.

Next to these walls stands a statue built in memory of John Logan Junior.

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