BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Crime Stoppers held its sixth annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast Monday morning. Local, state, and federal agencies from all six coastal counties were represented at the breakfast.
Hundreds of men and women who put their lives on the line to keep us safe filled the ballroom at the IP Casino Resort. They gathered, not so solve a crime, or thwart any danger, but to enjoy each others company, and receive some well-deserved thank you's.
The annual event was sponsored by Crime Stoppers, an organization that gives citizens a voice to help the law enforcement community. "The officers work hard but it's the citizens that help us with the tips and general information," said Lieutenant Doug Adams of the Pascagoula Police Department.
The breakfast showed appreciation to all officers, but special accolades were given to officers from each department. Adams said these awards were not typical officer of the year plaques. "We look at the officers that are going above and beyond their normal scope of patrol duties or investigate duties that have gone the extra mile," said Adams.
The officer who took home the highest honor was 2016 Overall Officer of the Year, Private Daniel Boyer with the Department of Marine Resources. This highest recognition was in honor of his actions that saved several kayakers earlier this year.
"We're here to save lives and protect lives and protect the community and that's what I was doing, I was just doing my job," said Boyer.
Another special award was given to Biloxi Assistant Chief Rodney McGilvary for his forty plus years serving in law enforcement. "It's a win-win situation, not only for the law-enforcement community but for the citizens also. And to be recognized by a group like this is really humbling," said McGilvary.
His honor and the others awarded at the breakfast showed the law enforcers that their communities saw the value in their valor.