PANAMA CITY, FL- Local and state officials broke ground on a new Bay County law enforcement memorial Tuesday at the Bay County government complex.
The memorial will display the names of all of the local law enforcement officers, as well as others from around the state, who've been killed in the line of duty.
Bay County commissioner and former Bay County Sheriff Guy Tunnell read off the names of the 8 officers and deputies from Bay County agencies.
More than a hundred officials, family members, and law enforcement officers attended Tuesday's ground-breaking.
Memorial project leader Greg Wilson said, "This is just a small sentiment about how the people here feel about those who serve and protect us. We're very proud of our law enforcement officers, and as you can see from the turn out today there's alot of support."
Justin Johnson, son of Bay County Sheriff's Deputy, Don Johnson, who was killed in 1999 said, "Having his name etched anywhere, is like just a great since of pride. Just knowing that he'll always be remembered especially permanently here in Bay County."
The $50, 000 dollar memorial is a project of the Bay County Chamber's Leadership Bay class. It should take about 120 days to complete.