Family and comrades of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty gathered to pay their respects at the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s annual memorial service Friday.
Taps echoed through the grounds as state troopers and other law enforcement officers were remembered.
The names of 41 Tennessee State Troopers who have died in the line of duty since the THP was established in 1929 were read.
State leaders joined legislators, family and friends of survivors of fallen officers.
“We are here today to make sure no one ever forgets the brave men and woman who have made the ultimate sacrifice to help keep us safe,”
Gov. Bill Haslem said to the crowd.
Alicia Larkins lost her husband, Highway Patrolman Todd Larkins, after he was struck by a truck in 2005.
“It’s very hard, but it’s important we are here remembering the officers that have fallen and remembering the officers that are out here and put themselves on the line now,” Larkins told News 2.
Larkins hopes the dedication will also serve as a reminder to drivers to stay alert for emergency personnel on the highway.
“Move over, save a life,” she said.
Trooper Larkins’ death prompted Tennessee lawmakers to change the law to protect police and emergency workers.
“The move over law” requires drivers to move over a lane when driving near emergency workers along the road.