Cpl. Dale Hallman (copy)

Cpl. Dale Hallman stands with a K-9 in front of a Saluda County Sheriff’s Office vehicle in this undated photo. Hallman died in a wreck early April 2018.

One of the Lakelands own fallen officers is among the law enforcement professionals who will be memorialized today in Columbia as part of the state’s law enforcement memorial ceremony.

At 11 a.m. today, officers from throughout the state will gather at the state’s Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia for the state Law Enforcement Officers Association’s annual Law Enforcement Memorial. Stemming from President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 establishment of Peace Officers Memorial Day each May 15, the state’s memorial service pays tribute to officers who died in the line of duty, as well as those retired and former officers who died in 2018.

This year, among those remembered for their service is Saluda County Sheriff’s Office deputy Dale Hallman. Cpl. Hallman died April 6, 2018 when he was in a wreck while responding to a call.

Hallman was a member of Saluda’s bloodhound tracking team, and was going to help fellow officers track a man who fled on foot from a vehicle chase. Hallman’s 1994 Chevrolet Tahoe ran off the road, and he was thrown from the truck, according to officials.

He is one of the six officers who died in the line of duty this past year who will all be honored and remembered for their sacrifice and service. These will include Michael Doty, of the York County Sheriff’s Office; James Kirk of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office; Terrance Carraway of the Florence Police Department; Farrah Turner of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office; and Jerry Hurd of the Richland County Sheriff’s office.