Barnwell, South Carolina – Friday the members of the Barnwell community gathered to honor fallen law enforcement officers.
At noon the church bells of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles rang 24 times in honor of the 24 police officers who have recently died in the line of duty.
During a time when slain officers are far too common, this community is coming together stand behind their law enforcement. Those who go out to protect and serve them every single day and put their lives on the line to keep them safe.
24 times the church bells rang for people everywhere to hear.
“It’s been a tough year in law enforcement,” said Sheriff Ed Carroll.
Sheriff Carroll says the end of watch came too soon for the 24 men and women protecting and serving their hometowns, who lost their lives to a bullet.
“I don’t know of anybody that goes into this profession that goes in it, thinking that they may die in it, but everyone of us realize that when you take the oath of office.” said Sheriff Carroll.
Officers, their family, and friends silently walked down the aisle to pray for their unimaginable grief.
“It’s not about a fallen officers all the time. It’s about what that officer leaves behind. Children, families, wives, mothers, fathers,” Carroll told News Channel 6.
And exactly at noon they joined law enforcement across the nation by flashing their headlights as a final farewell for Deputy Darren Goforth.
“That’s one of the things I have to talk to young officers about quite a bit is, not everybody dislikes us. There’s the vast majority of citizens in America that still feel that we are good people,” said Barnwell Chief of Police Rueben Black.
The community of Barnwell, like many communities across the country will continue to pray for their local law enforcement. Now many people are wearing a blue ribbon to support and honor the fallen police officers.