JACKSON, Miss.–You will have a chance to honor Mississippi police officers who died in the line of duty, in 2013 and back through Mississippi law enforcement history. Whether they took a bullet or were hit by a car, the six who died last year, died protecting you.
That’s the message from Atty. Gen. Jim Hood, who said the Fallen Officer’s Memorial will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. next to the Gartin Justice Building in Jackson.
The memorial will be a candle light vigil and speeches honoring the men and women who have fallen.
“Mississippi lost too many heroes in the line of duty last year,” said Hood. “We will especially honor each one of their sacrifices, along with that of the other 221 officers on our memorial.”
This year’s six new names on the memorial wall are Randy Junir Boykin, chief, Enterprise Police; Eric Tyrone Smith, Jr. detective, Jackson Police; Bruce Daniel Jacob, officer, Jackson Police; Keith Alan crenshaw, corporal, Eupora Police; Clinton High Frazier, corporal, Union Co. Sheriff’s Dept. and Kevin Gale Stauffer, Jr., sergeant, Tupelo Police.
“We are grateful that we have had no line of duty deaths in 2014,” said Ken Winter, Executive Director of the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police. “We hope we never have to engrave another name on this memorial wall.”
The keynote speaker for the event is Gov. Phil Bryant.
Members of the public, along with family and friends of any Mississippi law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty, are invited to join officers from the Mississippi Chiefs of Police Association, the Mississippi Sheriffs Association, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Mississippi Wildlife and
Fisheries Department, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office at the event.