Mississippi Highway Patrol hosts memorial service for Petal officer

Mississippi Highway Patrol hosts memorial service for Petal officer

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Highway Patrol honored troopers across the state who lost their lives in the line of duty Sunday afternoon.

At the Hillcrest Cemetery in Petal, two highway troopers saluted and placed a wreath in front of Danny Nash's grave to honor his memory.

Nash was a state trooper for almost two months in Petal before he was shot in the line of duty at a traffic stop on Feb. 4 ,1983.

"We think about him everyday. It's just something that don't go away," said his father George Nash.

It's been 33 years since Nash passed away, and his family said the memorial service means a lot to them,

"We are so very appreciative of the Highway Patrol for still doing this, for all the troopers who gave their life," Nash said.

Master Sgt. Brent Barfield, public affairs supervisor for MHP, said it's important to honor these men who put their lives on the line every day.

"As every law enforcement officer knows in today's society, when you back out of your driveway and begin your shift, that very well may be the last time you back out of your driveway," Barfield said.

He said it's important to put together these ceremonies to help families remember their loved ones.

"You know they've had a lifetime of pain, that they've had to endure because of this event, and it's just something we do to let them know we have not forgotten their son," Barfield said.

On Tuesday morning, Highway Patrol Troop J in Hattiesburg will host a memorial event to remember Danny Nash and will be open to the public.