Thursday is National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and there’s something to celebrate in Wilson County.
On a day where all of us should thank a police officer or deputy and pause to remember those who were killed in the line of duty in the past, it is also reason to be thankful more than a decade has passed since two law enforcement officers lost their lives to protect others.
Deputy John Musice and Mt. Juliet police Sgt. Jerry Mundy were the last officers to be killed in the line of duty in Wilson County. Both were struck and killed by a vehicle chased by officers on Interstate 40 as they attempted to lay down stop sticks near exit 226.
A year later, the vehicle’s driver was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and received two life sentences.
In fact, nine officers have lost their lives in the line of duty in Wilson County dating back nearly a century. And though we pause to reflect on these law enforcement officers and the ultimate sacrifice they gave to protect Wilson County citizens, we should all be thankful that number is not higher.
It is also refreshing to read, on the same day, reports from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation indicate crime rates are down in Wilson County. This shows the dedication of our current officers in continuing their never-ceasing efforts to protect and serve.
“I hope everyone takes the time this week to thank the officers of our community for their service,” said Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen. “We are very blessed to have such exceptional officers working in Wilson County.”
Let’s all take a moment today and reflect on our law enforcement officers and the protection they give each day.
After all, they are true heroes.