JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - On Friday the Jones County Sheriff's Department held it's Annual Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony in Laurel. Randy Swan was the MC for the event. Guest speaker, Commissioner Marshall Fisher, Mississippi Department of Corrections, spoke on the value of the sacrifice that's been made in the past and most recently in Hattiesburg with the death of two officers there.
Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge spoke on the importance on the recognition and remembrance of fallen officers.
"Today is a day to remember. We never want to forget the sacrifice and never forget the service the men and women provide to their residents, to their citizens and to the county each and every day." Hodge said, "In law enforcement, I believe this is a called profession unto death and I'm honored to serve along side of the men and women of the Jones County Sheriff's Department."
The ceremony was held at Laurel First United Methodist Church. It was followed up with a wreath being laid at the gravesite of Deputy Randy Chancellor who is buried at Bethlehem Baptist Church cemetery. Chancellor was killed when his patrol car was struck by a drunk driver in 2001 while he was responding to a call.