SUMRALL, MS (WDAM) - One year later, a somber event was held in Sumrall to remember the lives of two firefighters who were killed March 15, 2017.
"I came from Philadelphia, MS. I came to honor my fallen brother and sister," said Kaylie Edwards, who was with the Sumrall Volunteer Fire Department when 80-year-old Alvin Beasley and 53-year-old Lorrie Sykes were killed by a hit and run driver while directing traffic during a call.
Edwards remembers the day vividly, and on this day, their legacy lived strong.
"I was on the fire department with them for approximately two years," Edwards said. "I got to be really good friends with Lorrie and Alvin was like a family member to me."
Sumrall said, "We've had the flagpole purchased and in the station for some time," Mayor Heath Sumrall said. "Some of us talked about it and decided it might be a good idea to put up the flag for the first time here and just have a memorial service while the flag was being raised in their honor."
Sumrall said it's a bittersweet day for the entire community.
"We've kept their memory alive and we are continuing to do that," Sumrall said. "Their memory keeps this fire department driving."
For the first time, the American flag waves in front of the Sumrall Volunteer Fire Department symbolizing freedom and the fight. Now, the community will look at the stars and stripes while also remembering their fallen heroes.
"Mr. Alvin was always there. Every single call he was always there," Edwards said. "And Lorrie was, you never saw her without a smile. She was always happy."
Sumrall said they plan to have a day of remembrance every year on March 15.