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Knoxville-Knox County Peace Officers Memorial Service

Friday, 18 May 2018

Law Enforcement Officers who died during the previous year were honored this morning at the Knoxville-Knox County Peace Officers Memorial Service at the Civic Coliseum.  Their families placed a rose in remembrance in a special wreath guarded by the University of Tennessee Police Department.   University of Tennessee Medical Center Security Officers stood watch over a collage of pictures of the officers being honored today.

Keynote speaker was Sergeant Lowell Russell of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.  Russell received life threatening injuries in 2012 when he was on the side of 1-40 just inside the Knoxville city limits on a traffic stop when a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of his cruiser sending it some 300 feet as it turned into a fireball.  Lowell miraculously survived and wrote a book a few years ago about his ordeal overcoming his massive injuries.

The committee which organizes the yearly memorial is made up of members of the FBI, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the University of Tennessee Police Department.



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