Brown County law enforcement holds ceremony honoring fallen officers


BROWN COUNTY, Texas - As part of National Police Week, Brown County law enforcement organized a memorial service on Tuesday to honor officers killed in the line of duty last year.

The ceremony took place at 10 a.m. in front of the Law Enforcement Center.

Brownwood Police Chief Terry Nichols gave the opening remarks and Early Police Chief David Mercer read the poem "A Part of America Died," which honors fallen police officers.

Brown County Chief Deputy James Stroope read the names of 21 Texas officers killed while on duty in 2016. Included were the five Dallas officers gunned down last July.

In addition, Stroope read the name of corrections officer Mari Johnson, who was found dead inside the French Robertson Unit in Abilene last July. An inmate at the prison is accused of killing Johnson. A grand jury indicted that inmate in February.

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