Troy Mayor Jason A. Reeves will be signing a proclamation Friday May 10 proclaiming the week as Police Memorial Week and Wednesday May 15 as Police Memorial Day in Troy. The proclamation signing will be held in Troy City Hall in the Council chamber at 1:30pm. The proclamation honors current Troy Police Officers and remembers the Officers who "Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice" to protect and serve the citizens of Troy.
The annual Police Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday May 15, at the Troy Police Department on Elm Street. Mayor Reeves will welcome those in attendance and Chief Ennis will read the "ROLL CALL OF HONOR" of officers who were killed or died in the line of duty.
Five officers from the Troy Police Department have been killed or died in the line of duty. They are:
Officer Will G. Jackson - June 1905 Officer Hayden Youngblood - May 1962
Officer Cecil Sullivan - November 1967 Officer Billy Dease – January 1968
Officer Steve Watkins - November 1981.
Other law enforcement officers with ties to Troy and Pike County are:
*Alabama Conservation Officer Grady Russell Jackson - February 1984.
*Troy Police Sergeant Sam "Bo" Botts III – May 1985.
*Alabama State Trooper R.W. "Bob" Jones - November 1991.
*Troy University graduates: Officer Gary Wayne Heath - Greenville Police Officer - June 1994
*Officer Willie H. Pryor - Montgomery Police Department - November 1995
* Officer Michael Brandon Lassiter - former Troy University Police Officer & Deputy with the Covington County
Sheriff's Department - April 2004.
*Former Troy University Chief of Police and Troy Police Chief John P. Lee - Montevallo, Alabama died March 2008.
*Troy University Police Officer Steve L.
Rodgers - August 2009.
Chief Ennis invites the public to attend this ceremony to recognize these officers and pay tribute to them as well as officers across America for the job they do.