Forrest County Sheriff's Office holds memorial

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - City leaders and law officials came out for a day of remembrance for five fallen officers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their community.

Forrest County Sheriff Billy McGee says the policemen, and those who have fallen, who serve in the line of duty and know the risk should be respected.

"They are special people. We need to recognize all law enforcement officers who stand between us and evil. They should be respected everyday," said McGee.

Fallen officer Howard Lee Hagwood died weeks after he was hit by a train, while responding to an emergency assistance call on September 15, 1927. His grandsons say they never knew their grandfather, but they will always honor him.

" Well my grandfather was killed before I was born in 1927. My mother was seven years old. We knew that he was a man of integrity and character, and that had done some work in law enforcement," said Hagwood grandson Joe Green.

"I respect what he done. I respect what our law enforcement does," said Hagwood grandson Jim Green.