FORREST COUNTY (WDAM) - Two Hattiesburg police officers who were killed in the line of duty earlier this month have been honored by the Forrest County Board of Supervisors.
Wednesday morning, supervisors issued a proclamation designating May 9 as Deen and Tate Memorial Day in Forrest County.
Hattiesburg officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate were shot to death on May 9 during a routine traffic stop in east Hattiesburg. Eight suspects face various charges in connection with their murders.
Supervisors also issued another proclamation recognizing other Forrest County law officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
"We did a proclamation not only honoring the nine officers that have fallen, not only with the county and the city over the years, but we went further and named May 9th, 2015 as Officer Deen and Officer Tate Day," said David Hogan, president of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors.
"In times of trouble like this, we need all our entities to come together and show support and they've always been there for us and they continue to show that support for the Hattiesburg Police Dept.," said Frazier Bolton, chief of the Hattiesburg Police Dept.
Several members of HPD's command staff received the proclamations.