FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) -- As a part of National Police Week, the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office and the Conway Police Department hosted a fallen officer memorial on Wednesday.
The memorial service was at Simon Park, and more than 100 people came out for the program. It celebrated the lives of all fallen police officers from Faulkner county.
Eight officers have died in service dating back to 1914, but there were two deaths this year--Officer Will McGary from Conway Police and Deputy Hans Fifer with the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office.
Officer McGary, 26, died from injuries in February after being hit by a car while directing traffic at an accident scene. Reading a letter from his family at the ceremony, Conway Lt. William Tapley described Officer McGary with a warm smile, a contagious laugh and a love of life.
"Will was living what he felt God had called him to do, his dream job, helping others and serving others as a police officer," Lt. Tapley read.
Deputy Fifer passed away in April during a SWAT team tryout. Sheriff Andy Shock said he died of a heart attack.
"He was described by coworkers as an example of what a policemen should be," Sheriff Shock said. "He had a big heart, was respectful, kind and caring to everyone."
Following the ceremony, a brief program was held at the Conway police department where Officer McGary's name was unveiled on a police memorial.
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