NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Area law enforcement officials who lost their lives in the line of duty will be remembered during a memorial ceremony Wednesday morning.
"It is a good job, but it's a hard job to do," James Owen, III, said. It was an emotional day for Owens, who lost his father at age nine.
"My father was killed in the line of duty, May 11, which is today, makes it 48 years ago."
Owens was one of 64 officers lost int he line of duty in the Tri-County area since 1879. Local police departments and survivors stood side by side in solidarity to remember loved ones.
"It makes them know we do not forget their loved ones, and the sacrifice their loved ones made," Chaplain Rob Dewey said.
Wednesday's event included a 21-gun salute, the reading of the names of fallen officers and a flag-folding ceremony.
"It means a lot to the active living officers within their jobs to come to something like this, to see this and then go back out and face what they face," Audrey Way said. Way lost her husband, a North Charleston police officer.
"As a family and as an individual, I wouldn't have made it if it hadn't been for the citizens of North Charleston, and especially what the department has done," Way said. "No longer do you have to be alone in this."
The ceremony was held at 11:00 a.m. at the Felix C. Davis Community Center in North Charleston. County Council chairman Elliott Summey also announced he'll be recommending Charleston County put $300,000 towards a permanent police memorial at the sheriff's office.