Honoring those who served

n National Law Enforcement Day ceremony to be held Friday
By Lisa Voyles
Chickasaw Journal
HOUSTON – For those who wear the uniforms to protect and serve, recognition comes to infrequently.
“Our police never get recognized,” said John Harmon of Tupelo. “We want to take one day to tell people the good things about our police people.”
Harmon is a homicide victim’s advocate and the father of an officer who fell in the line of duty. Harmon’s son, Casey, was serving as a Juvenile Detention officer in Tupelo when he was killed while on duty. Harmon has worked to support the families of victims and is trying to bring attention to Law Enforcement week and Law Enforcement Day. The week spans May 11-15 while the actual day of recognition will be observed on May 15.
“We’ve done this in Lee County,” Harmon said. “We decided to bring it out into the 18-county area that we serve and Chickasaw is the first one.”
The observance of Law Enforcement Day will be held Friday at 10 a.m. on the Houston Courthouse Square and plans are to recognize as many officers in uniform as possible and to honor those who died in the line of duty.
“My son, Casey, and Robert Kirby were both killed in the line of duty,” Harmon said.
Roses will be presented to family members of both deceased officers and the ceremony will conclude with an honor guard and “Taps.”
“It will be short and simple to honor all of our officers in uniform and then to remember our fallen officers,” Harmon said. “We want to be able to introduce our police by name. This is the one time of year when we can take time to honor our police.”

Lisa Voyles