Fallen officers remembered

Mississippi Attorney General, Jim Hood

Mississippi Attorney General, Jim Hood

JACKSON – The Mississppi Attorney General’s office and the Mississippi Chiefs of Police hosted the fourth annual “Mississippi Fallen Law Enforcement Officer’s Candlelight Vigil” yesterday in Jackson

The event was held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Statewide Fallen Officers Memorial between the Sillers and Gartin Justice buildings off High Street in downtown Jackson.

“Mississippi lost too many heroes in the line of duty last year,” said Attorney General Jim Hood. “We especially honor each one of their sacrifices, along with that of the other 221 officers on our memorial.”

Mississippi’s most recent fallen officers, their department, title and date of death are:

• Randy Junior Boykin, Enterprise Police, Chief of Police, March 19, 2013.

• Erick Tyrone Smith, Sr., Jackson Police, Detective, April 4, 2013.

• Bruce Daniel Jacob, Jackson Police, Officer, July 20, 2013.

• Keith Alan Crenshaw, Eupora Police, Corporal, Oct. 23, 2013.

• Clinton Hugh Frazier, Union County Sheriff, Corporal, Dec. 18, 2013.

• Kevin Gale Stauffer, Jr., Tupelo Police, Sergeant, Dec. 23, 2013.

“We are grateful that we have had no line of duty deaths in 2014,” said Ken Winter, Executive Director of the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police.  “We hope we never have to engrave another name on this memorial wall.”

The keynote speaker for the event was Gov. Phil Bryant.

Members of the public, along with family and friends of any Mississippi law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty, were invited to join officers from the Mississippi Chiefs of Police Association, the Mississippi Sheriffs Association, the Mississippi  Highway Patrol, the Mississippi Wildlife and Fisheries Department, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office at the event.

Tuesday’s event was also supported by Survival, Inc.

Survival, Inc. is dedicated to providing confidential peer support, help, love and understanding through the crisis and long term needs of families of murder victims, including law enforcement officials. They advocate for the fundamental rights of survivors with compassion, dignity and respect.

Survival provides comprehensive services which remove barriers, strengthen survivors and their families and foster a healthy transition from victim to survivor.

Survival Inc., is committed to ensuring that no one has to endure the murder of a loved one alone.

Survival Inc., is chaired by Paul Gault and the offices at Survival, Inc., P.O. Box 171, Saltillo, MS 38866 or on the web at www.wearesurvival.org

The toll-free 24-hour crisis line is 1-888-915-7788.

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