BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Each year the Fraternal Order of Police take time to remember those members they have lost. The list may have been short this year, but Martin Scott Jr. is a member who took the honor "to protect and serve" far beyond his call of duty.
"Martin was a person that not only served his community but served the police. He spent his entire life in law enforcement," says Shawn Helbig, President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 13.
"I worked together with him in the Commonwealth Attorneys office for over 13 years. When I went to the bench he stayed on with Chris Cohron the Commonwealth Attorney until he passed away," says Judge Steve Wilson.
Scott was a member of the Bowling Green Police Department from 1970 to 1989. He lost his battle with cancer last year. During Friday's ceremony , speakers took the stage remembering Scott and other officers lost in years past. It proved difficult for some, but shows the value law enforcement has on a community.
"We don't really look at what a police officer does for us until we need them. Then when one leaves us we understand how great of a loss that is," says Judge Wilson.
"There are a lot of officers who have spent their entire career serving the community that may not make the news. They may not be the one that got killed in the heroic nature in the line of duty, but they are still the one out there everyday and every night protecting and serving their community," says Helbig.
Those who put their life on the line to ensure our safety but were lost too soon remain in the hearts of many at the Fraternal Order of Police.