The sun shined through as impending rain was in the forecast, creating a somber setting for a remembrance ceremony held May 14 to honor not only policemen during National Police Officer's week, but also Jeff Richardson, a Sharp County policeman who was killed in 1993 in the line of duty.
Richardson's family attended the service including his son Craig, who recently returned from Iraq, where he is serving the country as a military police, following in his father's footsteps in law enforcement. Also present for the service at the Sharp County Courthouse honoring their loved one was Richardson's parents, daughter Leah and grandson.
The showing of Sharp County's entire police force in full uniform was both touching and a grim reminder of the job these men and women do on a daily basis to keep residents safe.
Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver served as the master of ceremonies while Arkansas State Troopers Fred Dale and Ben Rapert presented the colors.
The National Anthem was performed by Cederic Etheridge from the First Baptist Church of Cave City and the invocation was given by Brother Ron Canard from the First Baptist Church of Cave City.
Sharp County Judge Larry Brown welcomed the crowd to the service and Etheridge also sang "Amazing Grace."
The family placed the wreath on Richardson's memorial and Janet Thomas, Cave City band director and Cave City student Makayla Candler performed a chilling rendition of "Taps". Renard then gave the benediction.