CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Charleston Police Department plans to honor 21 officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in a prayer service Friday morning. The department is asking members of the community to come out to Brittlebank Park to pay tribute to the fallen officers who died in the line of duty.
Of the 21 officers killed, nine were killed by gunfire. Four other officers died after being involved in car accidents. The last line of duty death happened on April 5, 2004. Private first class Rodger Myers died of a heart attack after struggling with a man wanted for violating probaiton.
Lieutenant Shylah Murray with the Charleston Police Department believes education is a step toward reducing line of duty deaths.
“Especially with automobile accidents,” Murray said. “And, always make sure since we did have nine officers killed by gunfire, we can always do more education on you know, guns, and the nine p.m. routine about keeping your gun safe.”
Murray shared the department tries different procedures to prevent officers from dying in the line of duty.
“So our new campaign is arrive alive. So, anything with automobile accidents is arrive alive,” Murray said. “Make sure that you’re driving safely, control your vehicle.”
Friday’s ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at Brittlebank Park in downtown Charleston.