It was nearly 20 years ago today that a Whitehall officer was killed in the line of duty while serving a citation.
The tribute to Terry McDowell has happened every year since he was killed but the emotions are still very raw.
“17 years and you never forget the day you got the phone call,” said Terry’s son Seth.
He was only eight years old when his father was shot and killed while serving that citation. It’s a day he can’t ever forget.
“I remember the smells, the temperature outside, exactly where I was doing the day I said my final goodbye, and it’s rough.”
The Whitehall Police department and the community of Whitehall share the same pain as McDowell family.
That’s why every year on August 24, the day Terry was killed, they come together to remember this hero.
“The citizens of Whitehall are like no other,” said widow Angie. “They won’t ever let it ever be forgotten. This memorial here is a testament of that.”
The memorial which sits at the intersection of Little Flower and Saint Francis lanes will remain as a reminder of the legacy Terry McDowell left behind.
It also lets his family know that they are always in their thoughts and prayers of this community.
“It’s helped me through the grieving process to know that the community backs you and your family when your family member gave their ultimate sacrifice,” said Seth.
Out of the tragedy has come a shining light. Angie runs the organization Get Behind the Badge which gives immediate financial assistance to families of fallen officers.
She said she’s simply paying forward the gratitude others showed her during a very tough time in her life.