Peace officers are honored

May. 15, 2014 @ 06:38 AM

Today is National Peace Officers Day, and local law enforcement are asking for help honoring officers who are buried here.

Sgt. Lynn Breeden, with the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, has been placing American flags at the graves of former law enforcement officers and is asking for help from the friends and families of those buried here so that he can honor more of them.

“I’ve located approximately 60 graves now,” he said. “I have a list of 83 names, and I know there’s more.”

He’s been working with all the local departments and with funeral homes, he said, and now that he’s gotten started, he’s going public with the effort, hoping relatives or friends can help him find more of the graves.

“We’d like to have the burial site, but if they can at least give us the name, we’ll try to find it,” he said.

That’s not the only event taking place to commemorate National Peace Officers Day. There will also be a ceremony at the Sevier County Courthouse at noon today.

Breeden said it’s an endeavor that’s become important to him.

“I think it’s a great honor to get to go out and do it, myself.”

They plan to continue placing the flags at all of the graves every year, he said.

People who have information on the event should call the sheriff’s office at 453-4668, Lynn Breeden at 680-2759 or Detective Katherine Breeden at 659-2325. They can also email lbreeden @seviercoutnty.org or kbreeden@seviercountytun.org.

jfarrell@themountainpress.com