GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Every 57 hours an officer in the U.S. is killed. A few of those officers are listed at a new memorial in front of the Detective David White Memorial Headquarters.
Officers, friends and family lined the courtyard of the Clay County Sheiff's Office to remember eight officers who died in the line of duty. "It's something that the citizens of our nation need to be thankful for. Men and woman that will go out and put it all on the line for them like they do every day," says Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler.
One of those officers was Sgt. Eddie Hayes who died as a result of a heart attack in 2002. His daughter says having this permanent memorial gives her a place to remember. "It's just really touching to know that people still remember him even though he's been gone for years. It's nice to be able to have some place to come and everyone can see his name along with the other officers," says daughter Rachael Hayes.
Its a place to never forget law enforcement members like Detective David White, who died during a drug raid in 2012.
And as each officers name was called, the bell rang twice, and the guns were fired in remembrance of their ultimate sacrifice. "You have to have a servants heart and its all about serving the community and helping other people," says Sheriff Beseler.