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Fallen officers remembered in Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It was a day of remembrance as those officers who died in the line of duty across our state were honored for their service and sacrifice.   A special ceremony was held at the Department of Public Safety in Jackson.

“They will know their sacrifice has been remembered and that they have made a difference,”  said Governor Phil Bryant.

Governor Phil Bryant delivered a very emotional speech to the law enforcement colleagues and family members of the fallen officers who adorned the wall at the Mississippi Department of Public Safety’s Memorial Service.

“Having paid the Supreme sacrifice, these 33 men on inspiration to all of us,” said Public safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz.

MBN Agent Lee Tart was added to the wall of remembrance this year.  He was shot and killed in  February during a hostage situation. 

“He will be missed,” said Cruz.

Many family and friends of the fallen fought back tears as they placed flowers at this wall during the ceremony. They said although there are some bad officers, their loved ones are an example of the ones who wear the badge with honor every day.

“Just like every profession and every job, we have people who abuse their power and there are people who care for the community and care about their jobs," said a fallen officer's family member. "They make a difference and we can't say thank you enough,” 

“These are wonderful people and it is a sacrifice most people don't even think about,“ said another fallen officer’s family member.

Those part of the family of blue couldn't agree more.

 “On every tree there is going to be one bad apple, but  for the most part the bottom line is we do it for the people we don't even know and we just ask for prayers and understanding while we do it,” said Hinds County sheriff Victor Mason.

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