Hearse driver speaks about emotional trip home with body of slai - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Hearse driver speaks about emotional trip home with body of slain officer

Funeral director Jason Ross drove the hearse that carried the body of Hattiesburg Police officer Benjamin Deen from the State Crime Lab in Jackson to Hattiesburg Monday. Funeral director Jason Ross drove the hearse that carried the body of Hattiesburg Police officer Benjamin Deen from the State Crime Lab in Jackson to Hattiesburg Monday.
Jason Ross posted on his Facebook page after traveling from Jackson to Hattiesburg to bring Officer Deen's body home. Photo Source Facebook Jason Ross posted on his Facebook page after traveling from Jackson to Hattiesburg to bring Officer Deen's body home. Photo Source Facebook
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The funeral home director who transported the body of one of the two Hattiesburg police officers who were killed in the line of duty last Saturday is describing his emotional drive from Jackson to Hattiesburg.   

Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home director Jason Ross drove the hearse that brought the body of officer Benjamin Deen from the Mississippi State Crime Lab back to the Hub City Monday afternoon. During the trip, countless law officers and first responders lined Highway 49 all the way from the Capital to Hattiesburg to show their respect.  

"The outpouring of support from law enforcement, fire agencies, the (emergency medical services), the citizens who lined the highway on both sides coming back was a very emotional thing to see," said Ross.    

Deen and officer Liquori Tate were shot to death Saturday night during a routine traffic stop in East Hattiesburg.  

Four suspects are in custody in connection with the officers' deaths.  

Ross said the large turnout by South Mississippians on his way home Monday was unexpected and impressive.  

"It definitely says that people love our law enforcement," he said. "And they care about the people that serve our community, whether it be law enforcement, or military, people stand up for the good kind when something like this happens."  

Officer Deen's funeral will be in Hattiesburg Thursday. Officer Tate's funeral will also be in the Hub City on Saturday.  

Copyright 2015 WDAM. All rights reserved.




  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Boy beaten with hammer while protecting sister dies

    Boy beaten with hammer while protecting sister dies

    Sunday, September 24 2017 2:13 AM EDT2017-09-24 06:13:24 GMT
    Sunday, September 24 2017 2:13 AM EDT2017-09-24 06:13:24 GMT

    The suspect in the beatings faces charges of murder, attempted murder, and lewd acts with a child under 14.

    More >>

    The suspect in the beatings faces charges of murder, attempted murder, and lewd acts with a child under 14.

    More >>
  • Police: Tennessee church shooting suspect sent suicidal text

    Police: Tennessee church shooting suspect sent suicidal text

    Monday, September 25 2017 3:27 AM EDT2017-09-25 07:27:49 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 11:43 PM EDT2017-09-26 03:43:16 GMT

    Police charged the suspected gunman, who killed one and shot six at a Tennessee church Sunday, with one count of murder and said multiple charges were pending.

    More >>

    Police charged the suspected gunman, who killed one and shot six at a Tennessee church Sunday, with one count of murder and said multiple charges were pending.

    More >>
  • Jerry Jones, Cowboys kneel before national anthem ahead of game

    Jerry Jones, Cowboys kneel before national anthem ahead of game

    Monday, September 25 2017 10:01 PM EDT2017-09-26 02:01:57 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 10:10 PM EDT2017-09-26 02:10:24 GMT

    The gesture comes after an NFL weekend when more than 200 players sat or took a knee during the national anthem across the league.

    More >>

    The gesture comes after an NFL weekend when more than 200 players sat or took a knee during the national anthem across the league.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly