George Co. Deputy John Street remembered by family and friends

George Co. Deputy John Street remembered by family and friends
John Street visitation (Photo source: WLOX)
John Street visitation (Photo source: WLOX)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - John Street was admired. Maybe he knew it, maybe he didn't, but it didn't matter. He did what he did regardless of plaudits.

"My brother, he was the greatest person who walked this earth," Ryan Street said. "If you needed help, it didn't matter what he was doing, he would stop what he was doing and he would come to you."

Street was killed Tuesday when his patrol vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree while he was responding to a wreck for the George County Sheriff's Department.

Friday night, family and friends honored him for his service, dedication to family and love for people he didn't even know. For those who knew him, that is the legacy he will leave.

As John Street the officer with the Lucedale Police Department and George County Sheriff's deputy, he knew how to serve his community. As John Street the father of two children, son and brother, he knew how to love.

"He was a loving husband, father. Just no words can describe it, really," said his wife, Donielle Street. "He was there for anybody and everybody."

"He was my hero," said his father, Adam Street. "No words can tell you. He was my hero."

His mother, Cheryl Akins, said he was a true family man.

"He would do anything for his wife and his two boys," Akins said. "He wanted to make sure they were provided for, and he told me one day, 'Mom, if I have to work four or five jobs to take care of them, I'm going to.' "

The law enforcement community showed up in force to show their respect and support. Street led by example with a spirit beyond his 24 years.

"If he were older than me when I was coming up through at his age, he'd be the guy I'd want to be like," said his step-father, Tracy Akins.

The funeral for John Street will be Saturday morning at First Baptist Church in Gulfport on Highway 605. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. and the service will begin at 10 a.m. He will be laid to rest at the Floral Hills Cemetery on Carl Leget Road in Gulfport.

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