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5/15/07-Tyler

Fallen Smith County Peace Officers Honored

It's the day to honor the men and women who protect us.  Tuesday, law enforcement agencies across the nation remembered those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, their life. 

In Washington D.C., on the steps of the capitol, President Bush paid tribute to police officers who died in the line of duty.  Looking on were political leaders from both parties, family members and their loved ones of the officers.  Among those in Washington D.C. Tuesday is the wife of Smith County Constable Dale Geddie.  In Tyler, Geddie was honored for his dedication and service.

It's a day dedicated to peace officers, and since 1962 the week our nation remembers those lost in the line of duty.

"These names are held in the highest regard and should never be forgotten," said Officer Don Martin, Tyler Police Department.  Nine names are engraved on the Smith County Peace Officer Memorial wall.  Tuesday, one by one they were honored.  

Trooper Jimmy Ray Carty Junior was killed in 2005 during a training drill.  Tuesday, his wife and three children stood by and watched, but the last name on the wall reads Constable Dale Geddie.   Geddie was killed last June while responding to a domestic disturbance call.   Tuesday, his parents stood by as Geddie's son placed a rose on the memorial wreath in his honor.

"It's very gratifying to know that he led a life where people appreciated him, and what he did and honored him," said Sandra Geddie, Dale Geddie's Mother. 

"It's wonderful," said Dale Geddie, Dale Geddie's Father.  "It's very wonderful."   And along with peace officers across East Texas, Geddie's parents ask for one thing.

"I would like the people in our communities to pray for our peace officers because they are in danger everyday," said Geddie.  Smith County also honored those Texas peace officers who were killed within the last year.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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