Fallen Georgia deputies honored in Washington, DC ceremony

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- A total of three officers who died while serving the Richmond County Sheriff’s office are being honored in our nation’s capital Tuesday - their names never to be forgotten.

Our Washington Bureau’s Alana Austin reports from National Police Week.

Family, friends and fellow police are remembering fallen heroes – Sergeant Greg Meagher and Deputy James Wallace – as men devoted to public service…and the community.

At this National Peace Officers ceremony – attended by thousands on the Capitol lawn – loved ones place flowers in memory of the 129 officers who died in the line of duty in 2017. That included Meagher and Wallace.

“It’s heavy, a little solemn but to be able to honor my brother along with the other fallen officers and injured officers this week, it’s been humbling," said his brother, Patrick Meagher.

The close-knit family and other friends traveled to Washington for services surrounding National Police week.

Meagher's other brother, Daniel, says their brother had a big heart - to match his stature and larger-than-life personality.

“He was a great guy. He took care of all of us and the whole community.”

Meagher died in 2017 while trying to rescue someone from a chemical leak.

Also last year, another loss to the force, Wallace passed away from an apparent heart attack while on duty.

And then there’s W. Richard Duncan, whose name was also added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this year.

He was killed while making an arrest more than a century ago, but no one knew about it until newly-uncovered documents earned him place on this wall of heroes for all to see.

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