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Home  |  News  |  Aiken residents honor officer killed in line of duty

Aiken residents honor officer killed in line of duty
Thursday, February 2, 2012

AIKEN, SC (WIS) - About a month ago, Master Corporal Sandy Rogers stood at the Aiken Department of Public Safety to grieve for Officer Scotty Richardson. But this time, hundreds gathered to pay their respects and honor her life and service.

A memorial grew outside the DPS building with small tokens to show their love, support, and sorrow for Rogers.

"I called one of the captains last night and the first thing she said was, 'Janie, we're numb,'" said Aiken resident Janie Odom.

Odom, who has lived in the area for 30 years, says an incident like this destroys the community's ability to function.

"I called her Sandy," said Odom. "I knew Sandy for 20 something years."

Odom says it's heartbreaking to lose another officer so soon. She can still hear the emergency sirens from Saturday.

"I heard sirens rolling -- everything was at a standstill when I first heard it," said Odom. "The first thing that came to mind was, 'Please, God it cannot be happening again.'"

But it was happening to her friend -- a decorated officer.

"She was always there with a smile," said Odom. "Her heart was with the Aiken community. She loved what she was doing and that's why she did it for over 27 years."

Not everyone knew Rogers personally, but that didn't matter.

Those gathered at the vigil were holding onto hope and faith that they will be able to rebuild and not have to come together for another officer memorial.

"We cannot go through this next month," said Odom. "We can't go through it again next year because we're losing good people that are supporting us, doing their jobs."

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/16646790/aiken-residents-honor-officer-killed-in-line-of-duty

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