Officers stand watch over casket of fallen officer’s daughter

Officers stand watch over casket of fallen officer’s daughter
Officer's stand watch over Melah Deen's casket.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - In May the Pine Belt lost a pair of heroes that were killed in the line of duty.

Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin J. Deen and Liquori Tate were killed on May 9th, 2015 during a traffic stop in downtown Hattiesburg.

The wounds left by the tragedy are still apparent, blue and black ribbons still fly on posts and businesses around the Pine Belt.

On May 14th, with Lamar County Officers by his side, the Pine Belt laid Officer Benjamin J. Deen to rest.

Less than 6 months later, the Deen family has been struck by tragedy once again, with the passing of Benjamin's daughter, Melah Deen, 13.

According to family members, Melah passed away over the weekend from complications from an illness.

Tuesday night, with members of the Lamar County Sheriff's Department by her side, deputies took turns throughout the night standing watch over her.

The lights dimmed in the church, music playing softly, the deputies two by two, took turns rotating shifts throughout the night so she was never alone.

One deputy said; "We wanted to be by her side, because her daddy was not able, and it is our job now to keep up that watch over her, and his family."

"This is one of those things that we all have to come together over, to be a part of a law enforcement family is a special thing, and we are there for them," said Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel.

Another deputy who asked to not be named said: "We are all a part of the thin blue line family, and this is near and dear to our heart, and by no means would we let BJs daughter go through the night alone, her dad would have been here by her side, and we are here to take his watch."