MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – On the 13th anniversary of the deaths of Mt. Juliet Police Sgt. Jerry Mundy and Wilson County Deputy John Musice, the Mt. Juliet Police Department held a prayer service to honor the two men and the fallen Dallas officers slain Thursday.
The vigil took place at 9 a.m. at the Mt. Juliet Police headquarters on Charlie Daniels Parkway.
Sgt. Mundy and Deputy Musice were killed on July 9, 2003 while trying to stop a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 40.
They were laying down spike strips when the driver, Fallon Tallent swerved into them.
Tallent is now serving two consecutive life sentences for killing the men.
Mundy’s wife, Trish, says memories from that day do not get any easier to tell.
“I don’t think, unless you’ve lived it, you really understand the depth of just how many people it affects,” she said. “It is a void in a lot of people’s lives not to have him still laughing and having fun.”
Recent shootings like the one in Dallas bring back the sights of that nightmare morning in 2003.
“There are families and law enforcement and citizens whose lives will never be the same,” stated Trish.
Police Chief James Hambrick, who was the chaplain 13 years ago, says the family, friends, officers and community in Dallas have a long road ahead of them.
“Not only are they dealing with the loss of five, but they still have to tend to the injured as well,” said Hambrick.
Despite the dangers of the job, officers say they will continue to protect their community.
“Our motto here at Mt. Juliet is community strong. We are not us versus them,” stated Hambrick.