BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The Bladen County community came together at the "Cry Out America Event" Wednesday to remember those who died in 9/11, and they also remembered their own men and women who have fallen in the line of duty.
They unveiled the memorial honoring twelve men and woman who lost their lives as first responders.
Dewayne Hester was the deputy chief of the Bladen County Sheriff's Office. His car hydro-planed on the while to responding a call. His mother remembered him today.
She says, "it's just overwhelming how many people showed up and showed their respect for my son. I think he would be very proud knowing this many people come out just to show their appreciation and love for him and for the things that he done because he helped so many people in need."
Larry Hayes is the pastor at Good News Baptist Church. He's been instrumental in planning the memorial and is thrilled to see it come to life. He says, "when I rolled up and saw this memorial, I wanted to cry out and say thank you God. When something happens in Bladen County we stand together, we support one another."
The memorial is in front of the courthouse so that the community members in Bladen County are reminded of the sacrifices of the first responders.
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