HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Beginning Monday, May 14, the City of Hattiesburg will celebrate National Police Week. During the course of the week, they will host various events for supporters to help them commemorate the special week.
"The Hattiesburg Police Department plays a critical role in safeguarding our community and its citizens," said Mayor Toby Barker. "In my time as Mayor, I've watched them repeatedly step into situations that most wouldn't dare go toward. It's only fitting that we spend this week honoring those who have died in the line of duty and thanking those who continue to take up their calling each day."
According to the National Police Week's website, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation in 1962 designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. Additionally, the week that it falls on precedes Police Week.
"Our department has lost one of our own far too many times," said Chief Anthony Parker. "But in the most trying of times, the residents of this city lifted us up. We're thankful for the opportunity to commemorate this week with our sisters and brothers in blue, but also with the citizens of Hattiesburg."
The City of Hattiesburg will honor several fallen police officers including:
• Patrolman Liquori Terja Tate (2015)
• Patrolman Benjamin Joseph Deen (2015)
• Sergeant Jacquelyn Kay "Jackie" Sherrill (1984)
• Sergeant David Hue Anthony, Sr. (1973)
• Patrolman Jessie James Everett (1952)
• Patrolman M. W. Vinson, Jr. (1952)
• K9 Nero (2012)
Below is a list of scheduled events:
Monday, May 14:
- Police Academy Begins with 22 cadets.
- Profit Share at Fuzzy’s Tacos
10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 15
- Coffee with a Cop at T-Bone’s
Wednesday, May 16
- Day of Remembrance
Thursday, May 17
- Paint the City Blue
Residents are encouraged to wear blue as a way to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty and to remember those who continue to protect and serve the community.
Saturday, May 19
- Blue Line Challenge 5K Obstacle Course Race
To end National Police Week in Hattiesburg, HPD's Benevolent will host the Blue Line Challenge, a 5K obstacle course race. To register: https://racesonline.com/events/blue-line-challenge/