Close to 100 people gathered outside the Pitt County Courthouse in Greenville Wednesday to pay respects to the eleven law enforcement members from the county who died in the line of duty over the years.
The day is especially significant for Mildred Williams.
Back in 1929, her father, Bethel Police Officer Eugene Jones, was shot after arresting a bank robbery suspect. Williams was just two-weeks old when he died.
Williams says the memorial means so much to her and her family. "Oh a great deal. This is wonderful, this is actually the first one I came to after hearing about it for so long."
Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks says the sacrifice these officers faced while wearing the badge is why Pitt County law enforcement officers gather together every year. Sheriff Elks says, "By everyone being here today it was a great testimony to the respect they have for law enforcement and what we do to protect our citizens on the forefront and the ones that died in the line of duty, we never need to forgot the sacrifice that was made."
Williams says she's been to an observance in Washington D.C. for the memorial for fallen officers where her father's name is etched in a memorial.