NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches County Combined Area Law Enforcement hosted a special ceremony to honor those they have lost on Thursday. The Fallen Peace Officer’s Memorial Service paid tribute to those who have lost their lives serving the county.
The most recent of those was sheriff’s deputy Raymond Bradley Jimmerson.
“It’s been a tough year,” Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said in regards to losing Jimmerson.
Jimmerson is the latest of 11 Nacogdoches County officers who have lost their lives while serving in law enforcement since 1871. United States Assistant Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, Brit Featherston, was a guest speaker. He reminded everyone there that the risks officers like Jimmerson face are a normal part of their job.
“Unlike most careers, those who embark on a life of law enforcement know that one day the ultimate request may be made of him," Featherston said. "Those brave men and women make this choice willingly and they embrace it.”
Other past officers who had given their lives were honored as well. Sergeant Tom Anderson Sitton, who was shot and killed in 1996, was honored along with Constable Darrell Lunsford, who was killed in 1991. Both of their families received red roses to honor their loss.
Concluding with an honor guard volley, it was a somber ceremony that reminded guests of the dangers law enforcement officers face everyday.
“So tonight, as you work the streets and our community sleeps in their homes and their comfortable beds, few people will know that you worked that wreck scene in the rain and prevented another accident," Featherson said. "Few people will know that you prevented an assault and maybe something much worse.”