WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - A Florida police officer was honored Monday at the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service in Washington. Taylor County’s Michael Scott Williams died late last year, his name lives on in our nation’s capital.
Karen Williams, mother of Michael Scott Williams, says her son was a good police officer, and an even better person.
The 36th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service took place on the western front of the Capitol Building. Thousands from across the world here to pay their respects to those killed in the line of duty.
“My boy, my baby. He’s not always the cop. He was a real person too,” said Karen Williams, Michael’s mother.
She says it was beautiful to see the outpouring of support. She says she could feel Michael’s presence as they placed a rose in his honor.
“It’s the national capital. It’s the nation saying Scott was a good guy. I already knew that, but now they’re saying it,” said Williams.
Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump were two of the guests praising those who gave their all.
“They put on the uniform because they believed to the very core of their souls that it was their mission in life to serve and to protect,” said President Trump.
LT Robby Ricketson was Williams’ partner and close friend. He says the event perfectly displays the brotherhood in law enforcement.
“We’re a big family. I didn’t know it was this big but it’s pretty impressive,” said LT Ricketson.
He says the memorial service is a fitting end to a great week. But it doesn’t change that he is now without a colleague and a brother.
“Just a genuine, good person. What you see is what you got when you dealt with him. I’m going to miss him,” said LT Ricketson.
With the end of this memorial service, police week 2017 comes to a close.