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Sheriff calls fallen officer "One of the finest men I've ever been around"

John Street, 24, had been with the Lucedale Police Department for less than a year. (Photo source: George Co. Sheriff's Dept.) John Street, 24, had been with the Lucedale Police Department for less than a year. (Photo source: George Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
John Street leaves behind a wife and two children, including a newborn son. (Photo source: WLOX News) John Street leaves behind a wife and two children, including a newborn son. (Photo source: WLOX News)
The location where Street's patrol car left the roadway. (Photo source: WLOX) The location where Street's patrol car left the roadway. (Photo source: WLOX)
LUCEDALE, MS (WLOX) -

The George County law enforcement community is still in shock after learning one of their own was killed in the line of duty.

"It's the phone call you never want to get," Captain Ben Brown said. "You train for times like this, but you're never prepared."

Captain Brown couldn't help but get choked up while talking about the loss of his comrade, John Street.

"You don't have enough air time for me to say all the good in him. It's like the old saying is, seems like the good die young," said Brown.

The 24-year-old sheriff's deputy was responding to a call around 2 a.m. Tuesday, when his car left the roadway and hit a tree, ending his life so suddenly, and leaving the Lucedale law enforcement community heart broken.

"John was one of the finest men I've ever been around. He was a family man, dedicated to his job, willing to help anyway he could. And this community is going to miss him," said Sheriff Dean Howell.

Street's co-workers remember the officer as a devoted husband and father of two. He was a hard worker, employed full time with the Lucedale Police Department, and part time with the George County Sheriff's Office.

"His brass was polished, shoes shined, his duty belt was polished. He took pride in himself. His uniform was always pressed and ironed, and when he came to work he had a great attitude and was ready to work," said Captain Brown.

Lucedale Chief of Police Barry Lambert said others can learn a lot from the life that Street lived.

"Just do your job with pride. Do it correctly. Do it ethically, and put the Lord first, and I believe John did," Chief Lambert said.

Funeral arrangements for Street have not yet been announced.

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