Law enforcement across the state took a moment today to pay tribute and memorialize fallen officers. One of the deadliest years 2013, was marred by the loss of two Jackson police officers in the line of duty.
In a shocking set of circumstances longtime detective Eric Smith, Jr was shot to death inside police headquarters as he interviewed a suspect. That was April 4, 2013.
Just 3 months later, July 20, Officer Bruce Jacob was hit and killed by a driver on Interstate 55 while removing debris from the highway.
Each year families and friends return to a monument in front of JPD Headquarters to lay a single red rose. Today was no different; one by one, widows, grandchildren, sisters and brothers paid tribute.
"Well, when I went up and saw all the names of course I felt all the sadness but then it was an honor to know what they died for was what they believed in and not one murderer, no murderer would go unpunished," said Mary Washington, widow of murdered JPD Officer Robert Washington.
"I guess it shows that you still remember, you still care to know that they are not forgotten," said Taylor Seaton, the granddaughter of Officer Floyd Seaton. Seaton was in the patrol division and died May 23, 1979.
All joined in a prayer for safety , protection and unity, each carrying personal memories. In a time-honored tradition. The flag flew at half staff, and the final gun salute echoed throughout the capitol city.
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