WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) - What started as a domestic disturbance call in 2005, ended with the loss of two Wiggins police officers. Brandon Breland, 23, and Odel Fite, 48, were shot to death after answering a woman's call for help at a home on South First Street.
Breland was a five year veteran narcotics officer with the department. The Perkinston native served his entire career in Wiggins.
Fite was a 24 year veteran law enforcer and the former chief at New Augusta. He had just been rehired by the Wiggins Police Department a few months before his death. He left behind a wife, three children, and four grandchildren.
In 1969, Officer Henry Bond Sr. was the first Wiggins police officer to make the ultimate sacrifice.
The city of Wiggins holds a memorial every year in May to make sure these men are never forgotten. Now, the roadway that bears their names will be a daily reminder to everyone who passes by.
"MDOT is honored to dedicate this section of highway as the Bond-Breland-Fite Memorial Highway," Commissioner King said. "This memorial will remind all of us who travel this section of highway in Wiggins of the dangers our police officers face every day."
The Highway 26 designation begins at the intersection of First Street extending east to the city limits of Wiggins.