Middle Tennessee police departments honor fallen officers during national police week

Posted at 10:47 PM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 23:49:34-04

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — This week kicks off National Police week across the nation, and right here in middle Tennessee the Hendersonville Police Department paid respects to its fallen officers.

Hendersonville Police have lost four officers in the line of duty; the most recent was Officer Danny MacClary in 2000.

The community, law enforcement and the families of the fallen officers came together to remember MacClary as well of Sergeants Richard Bandy and Jody Sadek and reserve officer James Gammons.

The police chief says this was all about remembering the lives and the sacrifices all fallen officers.

“It's heart wrenching having done this around 42 years, I've seen a lot of officers die in the line of duty and anytime we lose one it's tragic,” said Chief Mickey Miller.

Former Wilson County sheriff and now deputy commissioner Terry Ashe also spoke at Monday’s event.

“it just reassures the families that we haven't forgotten about them and that's what police week is really all about,” Ashe said.

The surviving families all received a rose. National police week wraps up this Saturday.