Candlelight vigil planned for fallen law enforcement officers - - Jackson, MS

Candlelight vigil planned for fallen law enforcement officers

The sixth annual Mississippi Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Candlelight Vigil will be held on Tuesday.  Attorney General Jim Hood will join the Mississippi Chiefs of Police in hosting the ceremony.

"Sadly, etched on the granite walls of the memorial, are the names of 235 Mississippi officers who paid with their lives trying to make our communities safer," said Hood. "We must do our part in honoring their memories and pay respect to the service of these heroic officers who were killed in the line of duty last year. This ceremony is one small way we pay tribute to these fallen heroes. They gave us more than we can ever give back, and we will continue to remember them for doing so."

The candlelight vigil coincides with National Police Week. The names of six Mississippi officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2015 have been added to the wall this year. They include:

  • John B. Gorman     1/21/2015    Director of Investigations        Mississippi Gaming Commission
  • Johnny E. Gatson   3/10/2015    Deputy Sheriff                        Warren County Sheriff's Office  
  • Josie Wells             3/10/2015    Deputy U.S. Marshal              U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Marshals Service
  • Benjamin J. Deen   5/9/2015      Patrolman                              Hattiesburg Police Department  
  • Liquori T. Tate        5/9/2015      Patrolman                               Hattiesburg Police Department
  • Iris J. Smith            5/25/2015    Sergeant                                 Mississippi Department of Corrections

The keynote speakers for the event are the Attorney General and Governor Phil Bryant. It begins at 6:30 at the Statewide Fallen Officers Memorial off High Street across from the Capitol in downtown Jackson. In the event of inclement weather the ceremony will be moved to the Trade Mart building.  It is open to the public.

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