By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
May 15, 2019
DECATUR COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- Wednesday morning, the Decatur County community remembered six fallen heroes in the last century. The memorial service was part of National Peace Officers' Memorial Day.
Family, friends and members of law enforcement packed the front lobby of the sheriff's office. Sheriff Wiley Griffin unveiled six framed portraits of three deputies, two officers and a game warden.
The memorial wall is to make sure the fallen are never forgotten.
One of the fallen deputies honored was Lt. James West, who was stabbed and killed while helping transport a mentally-ill patient. Brenda West Thomas says she remembers the day her dad never came home, nearly 40 years ago.
"Sometimes I still wonder why it happened and why it was him, but as time goes on I just hold onto that thought that he was helping people," said Thomas.
Thomas was seated in the front row with five other families. Each one represented a fallen hero placed on the memorial wall.
The display reminds every visitor of the people who've risked it all while bearing the badge.
The six fallen law enforcement officers are:
Decatur County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Martin Crawford Stegall -- Oct. 29, 1905
Lt. James West Sr. -- Oct. 28, 1980
Deputy Robert Armand Griffin -- May 1, 2008
Bainbridge Public Safety
Officer Samuel Brinson Arline -- Oct. 14 1927
Officer Norman Murkerson -- Nov. 17 1953
Georgia Game and Fish
Game Warden Robert Sizemore -- Nov. 9, 1928