Chattanooga musicians to perform during National Police Week
Two Chattanooga musicians will honor police officers killed in the line of duty on the national stage.
It will happen during National Police Week in May.
The pair has been asked to perform a song called "On and On They Stand" and the National Anthem in Washington, D.C..
It's dedicated to officers killed in the line of duty, including Chattanooga Police Officer Nicholas Galinger.
The lyrics come from a place deep in Mark Hutchinson's heart.
"I was in part of the hunt for Allen's killer. It was just a very emotional thing to happen in our community," Hutchinson said.
He was a deputy in Johnson County in the early 90's when his coworker was killed in the line of duty.
He's used that experience to write three songs, the most recent called "On and On They Stand," written just before Galinger was killed.
"He doesn't need to be forgotten. He was out there when nobody else wanted to be out there in the middle of the road, he was out there," Hutchinson added.
Hutchinson teamed up with his friend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer with The Impressions, Willie Kitchens, who helps bring the lyrics to life through the sound of his voice.
"When I see the lyrics in how it relates to them wearing a badge and how they gave their life and how their legacy will live on, it drives me," Kitchens said, "That drives me to give it all I've got."
Through each note, each lyric, this is their way of remembering each life, taken too soon.
"I think that we need to do everything we can to keep the memories alive of those who have served," Hutchinson said.
Hutchinson and Kitchens are still putting the finishing touches on the song for it to be ready in May.
Officer Nicholas Galinger's name will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in 2020.
Click HERE to see event scheduled for National Police Week 2019.