MT. JULIET, Tenn. - They made the ultimate sacrifice for their community, and 15 years later, they are still remembered as heroes.
On July 9, 2003, Mt. Juliet Sergeant Jerry Mundy and Wilson County Sheriff's Deputy John Musice were sent to deploy spike strips on I-40 to stop a suspect in a stolen car.
Fallon Tallent, of Maryville, swerved towards the officers killing them instantly.
"There was no accident that day. It was a deliberate decision made by someone driving a car that she used as a weapon," Trish Mundy said.
Sgt. Mundy's widow said she remembers that day like it was yesterday.
"I called the police department and said 'Hey what's going on?' and they instructed me to come to the police department but stay off the interstate," Mundy said.
While that day still haunts her, the laying of a memorial wreath, and a flag on the interstate, help her heal.
"Some days are good, some days are not, but you find yourself able to just put one foot in front of the other," Mundy said.
While this journey has been hard, Mundy is thankful for the community that continues to honor its fallen heroes.
"It's a very comforting feeling to have," Mundy said.
She hopes today is a reminder that officers put their lives on the line every day.
"I hope that they'll take note of those officers that are still out there doing their best to give them the peace and security in their communities," Mundy said.
A donated memorial motorcycle still sits inside the Mt. Juliet Police Station. Officers pass by it every day.
Mundy is now the chapter president of a survivor's group that helps other widows and their families.
"Concerns of Police Survivors" has a website where you can find out more information.