DPD forced to celebrate National Police Week in a different way

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Each year, one week of May is special to those in blue who put their lives on the line every day.

“On May, 15th 1962 president John F. Kennedy proclaimed the week that May 15th fell on a national law enforcement week. So since then, every year we honor our fallen officers as well as pay homage to our officers that are serving today to try to keep the roadway safe,” Lt. Maurice Eggleston said.

The Dothan police department usually honors all of the fallen officers in the Wiregrass during a special ceremony at the civic center. With COVID-19 present, the ceremony was unable to take place due to restrictions of large gatherings.

However, the setback is not stopping officers from being honored during a week that comes once a year and means so much to them.

We’ve had five officers here at the Dothan police department between 1914-2014 that have passed away. So, what we’re wanting to do is honor those officers in our own way by using social media just to put them out there so folks can know them and know the ones who worked here in Dothan and help them remember them,” Lt. Eggleston said

For Lt. Eggleston, he says the week means a lot to him and it goes beyond receiving recognition.

We want to treat everybody like our family members or friend. We want to protect everyone who wants to be protected as well as those who don’t. We’re doing the city a service that not too many people can do. We’re not asking for thanks but we appreciate the fact that somebody is saying this is a week that we can remember you by,” Lt. Eggleston said.

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