Videojournalist: Angela Fowler
Chatham, VA- This is National Police Week and on Thursday night in Chatham and they held a special ceremony to mark the occasion.
Normally this type of event would be held in Washington D.C., but the wife of slain officer Frankie Betterton wanted to honor local officers who have died in the line of duty.
Behind the Pittsylvania County sheriff's office there stands a beautiful memorial and folks gathered there and listened to speakers and music, they also lit candles and reminisced.
The family of Officer Courtney Dickerson who was only 24 when killed in a car wreck back in November of 2005 while on his way to a police call -looked on as his only son read a poem.
We had a chance to speak with his mother who along with Mary Betterton wanted to honor their loved ones memory….
"This means a lot to me because it shows that he has not been forgotten, it brings family and friends together just honoring and remembering the officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty and it means a great deal to see people out tonight" said Teresa Dickerson-Gaither.
Up to 200 people came out to take part in the vigil that could become an annual event.