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Forrest County Sheriff's Department honors fallen officers

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Officials with the Forrest County Sheriff's Department honor their fallen officers.

Each year the sheriff's department holds a ceremony to remember those that lost their lives in the line of duty.

Though the force hasn't lost an officer in more than 25 years, it continues to honor five fallen deputies of decades past.

The memorial was held at the Billy McGee Law Enforcement Complex.

"I just want to say that I'm really happy that they continue to do this thing every year. It's a real blessing," says Jerry Watts.

Watts and his sister Frances McCluskey lost their brother Johnny Watts to a traffic accident in 1976.

"Oh it's bad. I think about him everyday - love him to death," says Watts.

"We'll never forget you [Johnny]. And we'll never miss these, as long as we're able to come," says McCluskey.

Forrest County Sheriff Billy McGee says the annual event helps bring families of fallen officers together to honor their loved ones.

"It's a great day to come together, and pay respect to those who served before us."

McCluskey says she feels especially blessed for the opportunity to honor her brother.

"It's just the highest peak in the world to me. It's just like meeting the lord to me. It's just happy."

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