ATHENS–Officers county wide gathered on the courthouse square, standing at attention as the colors are presented and Kadie Lynn sings the national anthem then at parade rest forming one long, thin blue line of defense. Henderson County Police Association President Sherry Powers described the day she was hired to serve and protect as the day Sheriff ’s Deputies Tony Ogburn and Paul Habelt lost their lives answering a family disturbance call near Payne Springs on Police Memorial Day, 2007.
Their deaths seemed to seal her call to toe the line, she said. S p e c i a l s p e a k e r Charles Gilliland told those assembled how holding such observances is a Biblical concept that remembrances of sacrifice and duty fulfilled was worthy of remembering and added it should be without sadness as those who die in the line of duty demonstrate faithfulness to their calling to defend the weak and the helpless. He pointed out that Romans 13:4 describes the law officer’s calling.
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