Glasgow Police hold law enforcement memorial service

GLASGOW, Ky.- Law enforcement in Glasgow are joining the rest of the country in remembering their fallen comrades, as National Police Week comes to an end.

Glasgow Police Department lowered the flag to half-staff today during a memorial service for those who have died in the line of duty.

Three photos of the fallen officers adorned the wreath, which featured patriotic bows and red flowers.  One of those photos is of former Barren County Sheriff’s Deputy Earnest Franklin, his family members attended Friday’s ceremony.

“He respected the law. It was something that he wanted to do. He did it, and I thought he did a real good job,” said Danny Franklin, bother of Earnest Franklin.

Earnest was killed in a car crash on Highway 90 in 2014.

“Being a police officer, you don’t know what you’re going to run into. That’s part of being a police officer. It hurt me inside when I heard it, but I feel that he’s blessed,” said Franklin.

Rusty Anderson and Phillip Meachem also have photos on the wreath. For Glasgow’s Police Chief the three men are a constant reminder of his role in the community.

“There are three families out there who lost a loved one, who gave their life in the service of their community. It makes me feel more driven to make sure that I’m doing the right things for those who I lead,” said Glasgow Police Chief Guy Howie.

Protecting police lives has been a touchy subject around the nation. For Howie it’s about the community having strong relationships with police.

“They need to have a personal relationship with their police department and their officers. I think when you have that one-on-one bond with the community, they feel a part of making their community safe and they respect their law enforcement officers,” Howie said.

In the last year, Glasgow Police Department has not lost any officers. Instead officers remember those who have died in past years, as well as those officers throughout the commonwealth who have lost their lives recently.