HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - We’re almost to the weekend but that doesn’t stop businesses or community members from honoring fallen officers from our area.
National Police Week began on Sunday, May 12 and ends on Saturday, May 18.
According to the City of Hattiesburg, the city will spend the week honoring 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)
On Thursday, May 16, Southern Eye Center in Hattiesburg rocked the color blue during their workday. Business development manager, Ashley Grant said that most of the staff on schedule wore some type of blue to honor officers.
“We all take care of one another," said Grant. "And so we wanted to show our support to let them know that we want to help take care of you.”
Cataract Surgeon Dr. Kiper C. Nelson said he and his team support the national week because officers serve in a dangerous role.
“Wearing blue is a small thing," said Nelson. "Buying the officers pizza for dinner is a small thing. But it’s a way to let them know that we appreciate them. We noticed them, and we thank them for their service.”
Southern Eye Center in Hattiesburg said that staff members spent the entire week giving back to officers that are currently on duty.
To close out National Police Week, Hattiesburg Police Department’s Benefit Fund will host a Blue Line Challenge Obstacle Course Race this Saturday, May 18. The event will take place at the Hattiesburg Fire & Police Training Academy located at 53 Academy Drive. To register for the race, click here.