In honor of National Police Week observed from May 9 through May 15, the Rainsville First Responders Board held a ceremony last Thursday at the Rainsville City Park First Responders Memorial.

National Police Week serves as a way to honor local, state and federal law enforcement officers’ courage and unwavering devotion to the communities they have sworn to serve

Rainsville Mayor Rodger Lingerfelt and organizer Kayron Guffey welcomed attendees as families, friends and coworkers gathered to remember the officers who have recently lost their lives.

Mike Harper led the evening's invocation followed by Willie Underwood singing the Star-Spangled Banner.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden took the stage as the sheriff's office helicopter circled the crowd.

“‘From the heavens comes justice,’ That’s the slogan written on the side of that helicopter and that the memory of two-men that have paid the ultimate price,” he said. “There’s been a lot of good people that served this community and this county that have given everything they had for 25 years, retired and passed away only for the families to be left with a flag and a lot of memories.”

Welden paid tribute to DeKalb County Senior Lt. Jeff Bain, Deputy Mickey Bowen, retired investigator Clayborn Simpson, former deputy Jeremy Bell and retired deputy Rene Ramos who gave everything they had for their career.

“They missed out on days and times with their kids, family, date nights and vacations because they answered the call that so many don’t know about,” he said. “In the end, they’ll never be forgotten. They’ll always be heroes in my book.”

Family members and attendees were given balloons which were released as local singer Underwood sang ‘Amazing Grace.’

• Lt. Jeff Bain, passed away in January of 2021 after more than 30 years of service.

• Deputy Mickey Bowen passed away in October of 2020 after 21 years of service.

• retired deputy Rene Ramos passed away in January of 2021 after more than 15 years of service.

• retired investigator Clayborn Simpson passed away in November of 2020 after serving more than 25 of service.

• former deputy Jeremy Bell passed away in August of 2020 after serving 20 years.

The names of Deputy Bowen and St. Lt. Bain were recently engraved on the First Responders Memorial in Rainsville.

Officials encourage the public to thank their local law enforcement for their continued efforts to keep communities safe.

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