A candlelight vigil in memory of officer William McGary will be held at Simon Park on Saturday, marking a year since his death.

McGary was out of his patrol car directing traffic around a vehicle crash scene when he was fatally injured by another driver. He had been with the Conway Police Department for about two years.

"It’s been a year since Officer William McGary died in the line of duty and I think a candlelight vigil is a proper way for family, friends and co-workers to pay tribute," Chief of Police A.J. Gary said. "Members of our department will participate in this tribute as part of our continuing promise to remember Officer McGary’s ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty and his contributions to this department."

Melody Erickson, McGary’s girlfriend for four years, said "it’s so important that people remember Will not just because his name is on a memorial or in the newspaper, but because he was an amazing person.

"He lost his life serving his community like so many officers before and after him. I hope people think of Will and are reminded of the sacrifices law enforcement officers make every day."

"I miss him more than words can say," she added.

Anyone who wants to show support for McGary’s friends and family, as well as the Conway Police Department as a whole, is welcome. The vigil starts at 6 p.m.

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