WLOX Editorial: Remembering hero Sheriff Garry Welford

Last month, South Mississippi lost a hero. George County Sheriff Garry Welford died in the line of duty, trying to stop a high speed chase. His accused killers are charged with capital murder.

The 63-year-old sheriff was a husband, father, and grandfather, and planned to retire at the end of his second term. Now, that will never happen. He left this world too soon, but not before showing the rest of us what sacrifice is all about.

Welford was a hands on sheriff, a law enforcer who didn't mind getting his hands dirty, along with the rest of the rank and file. That's why he was out in the middle of the road, laying down stop strips to try and bring the chase to a peaceful ending. Instead, he was struck and killed.

With his passing, Welford taught us all a lesson about compassion and caring. He cared enough about his county and its citizens to put his life on the line. His widow, Debbie, will serve as interim sheriff until a special election can be held.

We can think of no greater honor than to have the person Garry Welford loved the most carry out his legacy, at least for the next few months.

Thank you Garry Welford. May you rest in peace.

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David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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