Bay County Sheriff's Office Holds Memorial Service

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LYNN HAVEN Bay County sheriff's officials took time today to remember the men who've died while wearing the badge. They held their annual law enforcement memorial ceremony today in-conjunction with law enforcement month. The event also honored those who wear the uniform every day.

"They gave their lives for us, you know, just like a solider would,” said one of the family members of a fallen officer, Jannette Coram-Purvis. “They're our local soldiers."

Sheriff Frank McKeithen talked about each of the men, dating back to the county's first lost deputy in 1917.

"It’s probably one of the few times that their family members get honored in public and they are a part of our family," he said.

Charlie Coram says the memorial helps preserve the memory of the fallen officers.

"My grandfather was shot and killed on October 6th, 1951,” said Coram. “He was constable of the beaches area. I'm proud of him, I really am. So I wanted to be here to honor him too."

Law enforcement runs in the Coram family, so this ceremony is something special.

"Now we have several nieces and nephews on the police force,” said Coram-Purvis. “When we say our prayers their certainly included."

McKeithen also took the opportunity to recognize some of the outstanding employees over the last year.

"I can't say enough about the people that work at the bay county sheriff's office, the bay county. I just hope the citizens of this community know how important and how great they are."

the Medal of Valor was awarded to David Hopkins and the Deputy of the Year award was given to John Alger.