Hattiesburg Police Department Memorial Service

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM)

As a part of NationalPolice Week, city and county officials, employees as well as family members offallen officers gathered at the Hattiesburg Police Department’s annual memorialceremony to pay tribute to Officer M.W. Vinson Jr., Sgt. David Anthony, Sgt. JackieDole Sherrill, and Officer Jessie James Everett, all who were killed in theline of duty.

“It’s been 62 years sincemy father was killed, it always means to me that these young policeman see andrecognize what they are doing and what their families recognize because my dadwent out that morning, my mother thought he was coming home and he didn’t,”said Debbie Everett.

Everett added that doingnothing more than hugging your loved ones every day, especially law enforcementofficers, and reminding them you are there for them is extremely importantbecause you never know when they may not come home.

Officers stood information with their badges covered, saluting when appropriate, and payingtribute to their fallen comrades.

“When I see policeofficers both men and women and the support staff, it’s about family, it’sabout family members taking care of family members, they take care of themselvesand in turn take care of people they don't know,” said Hattiesburg Mayor JohnnyDuPree.

Mayor DuPree also read aproclamation declaring Wednesday May 14, 2014 as Peace Officers' Memorial Dayin honor of those law enforcement officers, who through courageous deeds, havemade the ultimate sacrifice in serving their community or have become disabledin the performance of duty.

“Embrace every momentthat you have with your people and also encourage and continue to train them tocome back home safe,” said Hattiesburg Police Chief Frazier Bolton.

As rain fell, every watchful eye looked on asa wreath was laid during the ceremony. A 21-gun salute rang out as thunderrumbled in the distance and the playing of taps to honor the fallen four closedout the ceremony.