WASHINGTON (Gray DC) — Murdered Decatur County Captain Justin Bedwell is among those honored this week in Washington, DC for surviving families.
Katherine Bedwell, Justin’s wife, visited the memorial for the first time on Thursday.
“He’s been our hero before, but now he’s even more so,” Bedwell said.
Bedwell kissed her hand, then touched her late husband’s name, which is engraved on the memorial, and described her feelings.
She said: “Happy you know, honored that they honor my husband. But then again, he shouldn’t be here. No law enforcement family should have to visit their family members at the Wall for a shameful act…”
Justin Bedwell was shot dead on duty in March 2021 and died days later. He was a 20-year veteran and is survived by Katherine and their daughter.
All weekend ceremonies will be held in Washington for Bedwell and the more than 500 other fallen officers being honored during this year’s Police Week.
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