HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Two Hattiesburg police officers killed in the line of duty two months ago were remembered Saturday night during an annual fund-raising event that was held for the first time in the Hub City.
More than 120 runners and walkers took part in the 3rd annual "Mississippi Run to Remember" at Town Square Park. It raised money for the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and the Deen and Tate Fund.
That account was set up for the families of Hattiesburg police officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, who were gunned down while on patrol on May 9.
"(Police officers) go day in and day out protecting lives everyday and knowing the fact that they have people behind them and the families (know) that these people are behind them is just astronomical," said Kristy Daniels, race co-director.
"We support the police force and officers Deen and Tate and the cause, but also, we've been trying to get in shape, so this kind of fell on the right spot to do so," said Travis Racey, one of the runners.
"I can't think of anything that makes me more honored than to be able to run and support our police officers," said Donna Sumrall, another runner. "They give so much everyday. For me to be able to at least come out and say 'thank you,' that means the world, so I'm here for that," she said.
The city of Ridgeland hosted the event for the first two years.
It will be held in Hattiesburg from now on.