Mississippi Highway Patrols honors fallen troopers

PETAL, MS (WDAM) -  The Mississippi Highway Patrol honored fellow officers who died in the line of duty Sunday afternoon.

At graveside services across the state, troopers laid wreaths and said prayers for officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

In Petal, officers from Troop J paid their respects to Petal native Danny Nash who was shot and killed in 1983 by an escaped convict during a traffic stop.  At the time he was assigned to Troop M in Brookhaven and had only been with the agency for three months.

Members of Nash's family were at the cemetery for Sunday's ceremony.

"The family doesn't request this, this is something complimentary that the highway patrol does for it's fallen," said Don Nash, brother of Trooper Nash. "It's just a word of thanks from the highway patrol for your loved ones service and to let the family know that the highway patrol hasn't forgotten those fallen officers.

A portion of Highway 84 in Franklin County is dedicated in Trooper Nash's name.

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