HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The City of Hattiesburg has proclaimed this week as Police Week to pay tribute to officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice and to recognize police for their efforts in keeping our communities safe.
Hattiesburg joins other cities in observance of National Police Week, which will last from May 12 to May 18.
“Police Week stands as an opportunity for us to recognize and thank the incredible men and women who work to keep Hattiesburg safe. We know all too well the risks that each police officer takes on when they put on the uniform every day,” said Mayor Toby Barker in a news release. “While it may be painful to reflect on the sacrifices that members of our law enforcement community have made, we make ourselves better and more understanding citizens when we simply take a moment to remember and say ‘thank you.’”
Hattiesburg will honor the following fallen officers:
- 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)
“Regardless of department, the loss of a fellow officer is a blow to the entire law enforcement community,” said HPD Chief Anthony Parker. “Our city’s celebration of Police Week allows for us to come together and remember all who have made the ultimate sacrifice – including the six officers we call our own.”
Parker added, “The Hattiesburg community never ceases to show up and support our department, and we look forward to joining them at several events where get to continue building a better relationship with our neighbors and the citizens we proudly serve.”
You can view a full schedule of events below:
- Sunday, May 12: Day of Remembrance All flags flown at city facilities will be lowered to half-staff in memory of Hattiesburg’s fallen.
- Monday, May 13: Community Candle Lighting Prayer Room in Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg, MS 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Parkway Heights is opening its doors to the community to swing by their prayer room on Monday, May 13 between 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to light a candle for our officers. This is an informal, come-and-go opportunity for anyone who would like to participate.
- Tuesday, May 14: Coffee with a Cop at The Depot 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
- Wednesday, May 15: Pine Belt Area Law Enforcement Police Memorial Ceremony & Proclamation
- Thursday, May 16: Paint the City Blue We encourage all city residents to wear blue this day 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 our community.
- Saturday, May 18: Blue Line Challenge Obstacle Course Race Hattiesburg Fire & Police Training Academy 53 Academy Drive To close out Police Week in Hattiesburg, HPD’s Benefit Fund will host the Blue Line Challenge Obstacle Course Race.