JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the attorney general's office
Attorney General Jim Hood and the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police join together to host the state's fifth annual "Mississippi Fallen Law Enforcement Officer's Candlelight Vigil". The event will be held Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Fallen Officers Memorial between the Sillers and Gartin Justice buildings off High Street in downtown Jackson.
"We began this ceremony five years ago following the creation of the memorial wall," said Attorney General Hood. "If you haven't had a chance to visit the memorial, this is a great opportunity to do so and to honor our state's fallen officers. Since we last held this ceremony, Mississippi has lost seven heroes in the line of duty, two in 2014 and five in 2015. There are another 227 names on the memorial."
Mississippi's most recently fallen officers are:
John Thomas Collum May 9, 2014 Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
John Robert Street December 16, 2014 George Co. S.O.
John Ballard Gorman January 21, 2015 Mississippi Gaming Commission
Johnny Gatson March 10, 2015 Warren Co. S.O.
Josie Wells March 10, 2015 United States Marshals Service
Liquori Tate May 9, 2015 Hattiesburg Police Department
Benjamin Deen May 9, 2015 Hattiesburg Police Department
"This vigil is a chance to come together and remember our fallen comrades and to pray for the safety of all our state's law enforcement officers as they serve and protect," said Ken Winter, Executive Director of the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police.