PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Petal Police gathered with the families of nearly a dozen Forrest County fallen officers to remember them in an annual ceremony Thursday night. Candles were lit and Taps was played during a Law Enforcement Memorial and Appreciation event at Hinton Park.
Also, the names of the eleven officers from Forrest County who've died in the line of duty were read aloud.
Five were from the Forrest County Sheriff's Dept., two were from the Mississippi Highway Patrol and four were from the Hattiesburg Police Dept.
"It does mean so much to the families to be able to be at these services and to be remembered, because it's easy to forget," said Nell Anthony Cooley, widow of Sgt. David Anthony, a Hattiesburg Police officer who was killed while responding to a bank robbery in May of 1973.
"I think it's important that we honor the officers that came before us, the ones that have paid the ultimate sacrifice," said Leonard Fuller, chief of the Petal Police Dept.
The ceremony was held in conjunction with National Police Week.