Son remembers Dad killed in the line of duty 26 years ago
Sat, 04 May 2013 22:27:37 GMT —
Community members gathered in Conway Saturday to remember those that have served and protected.
The Fraternal Order of Police held their annual memorial service at the Horry County Government and Justice Center.
Jasper Stalvey was at the event to remember his dad, Henry Odell Stalvey Jr., who was killed in the line of duty in 1986.
"Not being able to talk with him, tell him I love him. So he can see his grandchildren. He ain't never seen none of them. It breaks my heart that he doesn't know," he explained as tears filled his eyes.
Stalvey said as the years go by, the missing doesn't go away. He came Saturday to find and touch his father's brick, memorialized in the monument with so many others.
"It's a good feeling just to know it's there," he said.
For organizers, Saturday was about honoring officers who lost their lives protecting their communities. Law Enforcement United bicycle riders stopped by on their ride to Washington, D.C. for the national memorial service.
"It's just a matter of never forgetting and always remembering those that we've served with," said organizer Jamie DeBari.
Stalvey is lifted up by the fact that he has his community and loved ones remembering his Dad.
"It's a good feeling to know that people care about the officers," he explained. "I love him and miss him."
The Fraternal Order of Police Memorial in Conway takes place every year on the fourth of May. This was the ninth year for the event.