Honoring fellow serving and fallen officers
Wed, 05 May 2010 20:09:33 GMT —
Wednesday afternoon, law enforcement officers from across the state gathered to honor those men and women who serve and protect, as well as those who have fallen in the line of duty.
A ceremony held at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy gave fellow officers and family members a chance for closure as well as support that comes with having a family that spans the state.
"We spend more time together than we do with our own family, so it is truly like losing a brother, and it takes a long time for officers to get over these things when they work with somebody every single day," says Colonel Kenny Lancaster of the Highway Patrol.
"There's a misconception that officers should get over this and just go back to work, but that's not the way it is," he adds. "They're human beings too and it takes a long time to get over this type of hurt.
Lance Corporal Jonathan Nash was honored Wednesday. He died in September during a charity ride in Camden.
Nash was escorting the ride in honor of another fallen trooper when a driver hit his vehicle. His name will be engraved alongside other law officials who fell in the line of duty at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.