Family, friends remember fallen deputy 5 years later
It has been five years since Turner County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Mechels died in the line of duty.
Mechels was shot while making a welfare check on 26 year-old Ethan Johns who now sits behind bars for the rest of his life.
Saturday, family, friends and former colleagues of Mechels gathered to honor him for the man he was and the respect he had for the community he served.
"I ask you to remember those who stand shoulder to shoulder against terror..."
"We're here for the 5th anniversary of Chad Mechels, the killing of Deputy Chad Mechels."
"Shortly after 9 AM, Deputy Mechels was killed in the line of duty."
"We're here to pay honor to him, in remembrance of a fallen law enforcement officer."
"These law enforcement officers share a special heritage, a common bond with today's law enforcement officer."
"It's tough to come back. The 5th year seems like it's so long ago, but it's still again, like yesterday," Jamie Mechels-Roe said.
"These are extraordinary men and women who rose to meet seemingly impossible odds and did extraordinary things."
"Everyday he's with me. It's awesome to see the respect level that fellow law enforcement officers show to the family when someone's lost a family member, let alone we lost a brother in law enforcement," Kingsbury County Deputy Wade Hoefert said.
"Violence will not sleep. Evil will not die. If we honor and remember those who have served, compassion will prevail."
"We just want to remember and have other people remember that these officers are not just cops, they're not just deputies, they're not just sheriffs. They are actual people behind the badge. There are families that wait at home for them. As you are out there, praying that the officers catch the bad guys, there's families at home praying that the bad guys don't get the officers."
"He was an honorable man. He was a very good deputy, excellent friend and colleague. I couldn't have asked for anybody else to work with."
"Such a brotherhood, such a fraternity. When one officer gets hurt, it hurts them all. It's not just one officer, it's not just one family. It's a ripple effect. 61-A7-10-7-10-42 This is Chad, I'm home."