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Family of police officer killed in the line of duty honors him at JPD Memorial

Family members, friends, and colleagues commemorated fallen JPD officers Wednesday. Source: WLBT Family members, friends, and colleagues commemorated fallen JPD officers Wednesday. Source: WLBT
Family members, friends, and colleagues commemorated fallen JPD officers Wednesday. Source: WLBT Family members, friends, and colleagues commemorated fallen JPD officers Wednesday. Source: WLBT
Family members, friends, and colleagues commemorated fallen JPD officers Wednesday. Source: WLBT Family members, friends, and colleagues commemorated fallen JPD officers Wednesday. Source: WLBT
Family members, friends, and colleagues commemorated fallen JPD officers Wednesday. Source: WLBT Family members, friends, and colleagues commemorated fallen JPD officers Wednesday. Source: WLBT
Family members, friends, and colleagues commemorated fallen JPD officers Wednesday. Source: WLBT Family members, friends, and colleagues commemorated fallen JPD officers Wednesday. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A memorial for fallen officers sits outside Jackson Police Headquarters for all to see each time they pass by, but on Wednesday, family members of those who lost their lives in the line of duty made sure to do more than just pass by, celebrating those heroes in a special ceremony.

"The pain, the hurt, the loss, seems almost unbearable. But eventually - prayerfully, thankfully - healing begins," said Judge James Graves, who gave a welcoming speech at the Jackson Police Department's 2018 Memorial Service.

The Jackson Police Department's Annual Memorial Service isn't just to remember what families lost. It's to remember what they had -- commemorating the lives of those heroic officers to paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"It does bring back up - it brings back the memories, it brings back, you know, that day, that moment. But I wouldn't miss it for anything. It's bringing back a celebration of a life that did such great things," said Yolanda Catchings, who was at the memorial service with her family.

Yolanda Catchings' husband, Thomas Catchings Senior, was in a car accident in 1994. Doctors thought he wouldn't be able to serve in the police department, but he did.

He was killed in the line of duty in 2005.

Catchings' entire family has been coming to this memorial service every year since.

"The pain is a little easier. To be able to just accept the appreciation from the City of Jackson, knowing that he was a sacrifice. He's laid his life down on the line. It's very touching, very touching," said Chante Pillers, Officer Thomas Catchings Senior's sister.

Yolanda Catchings is helping to start up a local chapter of a group called COPS - Concerns of Police Survivors.

"We do get together. We're trying to get more families to come and be involved with us, and we want them to know that we are here for one another, and we share that same common bond of that hurt that hurt that we have," said Catchings.

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