JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - More than a decade has passed since a new name appeared on the State Troopers Fallen Officers Memorial.
But the death of a Lee County highway patrolman added him to this special group.
Monday afternoon his family and others gathered to honor their memories.
Nearly 70 years have passed since Mississippi's first trooper was killed in the line of duty.
In the following years 27 trooper names have been added to the Fallen Officers Memorial.
Families, law enforcement and state and local officials gathered to remember these men of the MHP and four Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents.
All were killed while in service to the state.
During the ceremony a bell rang after each name was called, and relatives placed a rose at the memorial.
Master Sgt. Steven L. Hood's name is now chiseled in stone.
The 50 year old from Guntown was with the Mississippi Highway Patrol for 27 years.
"He was in pursuit of a vehicle last May 29th, 2009, and was killed in an automobile accident," said Trooper Hood's widow Lisa Hood.
She and their two daughters participated in their first memorial service in the capital city.
They leave Wednesday to attend the national memorial in Washington.
"I also have a son (Matthew) who couldn't be with us. He's at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy hoping to pursue a career as a state trooper. It's a very supportive group of people and very loving group," said Hood.
"If there were no public safety there could be no education. There could be no courts. There could be no highways, no economic development. All of us depend on an orderly society where there is a rule of law, and it's enforced," said Governor Haley Barbour, who served as keynote speaker for the event.
Amazing Grace was played by bagpipe and echoed through Public Safety Department Headquarters as the Governor and Mrs. Barbour laid a wreath at the foot of the memorial.
The fallen officers recognition ceremony ended with a three volley salute and the playing of Taps.
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