GPD to remember fallen officers

Published 10:23 am Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Greenville Police Department will honor its fallen officers at a memorial service on Wednesday.

Officers George Bryan, Joe Herring and Gary Heath will be remembered during the service. All three officers gave their lives in the line of duty while serving the City of Greenville.

“We want to honor the memory of the officers that lost their lives serving our community, and also celebrate their lives,” Chief Lonzo Ingram said. “We have this service every year because we want to keep their memory alive.”

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The GPD will also present its Officer of the Year award and the Gary Heath Education Award, which is presented to an officer that is pursuing higher education or additional training. CorStone sponsors the Officer of the Year award, while Camellia Communications sponsors the Gary Heath Education Award.

Newly appointed district attorney Charlotte Tesmer will serve as the keynote speaker at the service.

Along with recognizing the officers that “made the ultimate sacrifice,” the service will also offer an opportunity to recognize the service of the department’s current officers, according to Ingram.

The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Wendell Mitchell Conference Center on the campus of LBW Community College. A reception will be held following the service.