HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This week I attended a press conference at Hattiesburg City Hall with Mayor Dupree to recognize the families of Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate. The mayor presented each family with a check from the fund that was created specifically to support the families of these murdered officers.
The city and our station helped raise the funds along with some great partners like Petro Nissan, Toyota of Hattiesburg, Kims No Bull and The First. However, it is the generous people of Mississippi and those across the country who truly deserve the thanks for donating to these families and for that we are extremely grateful.
The amount raised, while significant, is not important to note here. What is important is that these families know how much we support them and how honored we are for the sacrifices they have made for our community.
I believe law enforcement personnel are under attack in our country today. They are not receiving the respect and cooperation they deserve. They stand on the front lines in our neighborhoods and work hard every day to keep our families safe. The fact that there are groups out there publicly calling for violence against them is despicable.
So as we celebrate this Labor Day weekend, when you encounter these dedicated public servants please let them know how much you appreciate them. We want all law enforcement to know that we are on your side.
This is today's viewpoint.