LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Two former Long Beach police officers who were killed in the line of duty on May 6th, 1998 in a shootout were remembered on Monday.
Two crosses, bearing the names of Steve Morgan and James Northcutt stand tall on North Seal avenue in Long Beach. The two former Long Beach Police officers were killed in a violent incident after responding to a 911 domestic dispute call.
Bryan Young was wounded on that tragic day
"My memories are crystal clear about what happened that day. You can never forget, from the beginning of the call until the time I went to the hospital," said Young, who took three bullets that day.
Monday morning, 15 years after the deaths, a memorial service was held to honor the slain officers. Steve Morgan's mom, Janice, was there to place flowers at her son's cross.
"It hurts," Morgan remembered. "He's been well remembered. He was a good man. He gave his life for his community."
The numbers 17 and 29, Morgan's and Northcutt's badge numbers, came across the police radio at 11:20am in what's known as a 10-7, a final call. That means out of service.
The officers symbolize a close knit law enforcement community. Janice Morgan said that is very important to family members who lost a loved one.
"It's a good feeling. They really are a brotherhood. I did not understand that until the funeral. They are family."