GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A section of Hwy. 98 in George County now bears the name of Sheriff Garry Welford, who was killed in the line of duty in 2010.
Welford was killed in the line of duty in July of 2010 as he was helping pursue two suspects. Their vehicle struck and killed the sheriff.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation hosted a dedication ceremony Thursday where dozens of family and friends shared stories and memories about Sheriff Welford.
Welford is a beloved figure in George County. That's why friends and family packed a multipurpose room at the community college to honor and remember the man who served as game warden for years, then twice elected sheriff.
"Garry didn't have to run for sheriff. He'd retired. But, he felt obligated as a community oriented person, and what a great job he'd done," said Rep. Doug McLeod.
The longtime law enforcer left a tremendous legacy in this community.
"I hope you find comfort in the fact of knowing that he was a blessed man, and he died doing exactly what he wanted to be doing. Which is serving the citizens of George County," said Sheriff Keith Havard.
"I think it's safe to say Garry Welford has left his mark certainly on his community. This memorial will be a constant reminder to all of us who travel this section of highway of the sacrifices made by the men and women of law enforcement," said Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King.
Welford's son said his father had a tremendous love for George County.
"He was deeply impacted by a lot of y'all right here. I mean, looking around, he respected and thought the world of everybody here. Apparently, he affected your lives in some ways," said Tony Welford.
Travelers on Hwy. 98 will now be reminded of Welford's life and legacy.
"It's a tremendous honor, and Garry would be, everything he did he didn't do for appreciation or for notification or anything. He just, from the heart," said his widow, Debbie Welford.
The section of highway named in memory of Welford is located between the Hwy. 63 overpass and Old Highway 63 in George County.