From staff reports
HOUSTON – The Houston Courthouse was the site of the first Law Enforcement Day ceremony to be held in Chickasaw County last Friday to honor and remember law officials who died in service.
Former resident and victim’s advocate, John Harmon, helped organize the event. Harmon’s son, Casey, was killed while on duty at the Juvenile Detention Center in Tupelo and has worked with Lee County to hold the Law Enforcement Day ceremonies. This year, he was instrumental in expanding it to include Chickasaw County.
“We’ve done this in Lee County,” Harmon said. “We decided to bring it out into the 18-county area we serve and Chickasaw is the first one. My son, Casey, and Robert Kirby were both killed in the line of duty.”
Kirby was a deputy for the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department and was shot and killed Dec. 1, 1981 while on duty.
Kirby’s sister, Barbara Kirby Buggs, attended the ceremony.
“You have to go through it to know,” Buggs said. “You always have those days when it feels like it was just yesterday.”
Buggs said her brothers and sisters had attended prior ceremonies held in Lee County, but this was her first experience with it.
“I thought it was a nice ceremony,” Buggs said. “And I’m glad it was in Houston.”
MS Attorney General and long-time advocate for the victims of violent crimes, Jim Hood, was the keynote speaker for the event.