The Biloxi Police Department hosted its annual memorial service this morning outside the public safety center on Porter Ave. (Photo source: WLOX)
Those who have fallen include Officer David Higgenbotham, Officer Emery Wilson, Lt. Michael Meaut, and Animal Control Officer Nathan Mitchell. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
The Biloxi Police Department hosted its annual memorial service Friday morning outside the public safety center on Porter Avenue.
The event honored those who wear the blue uniform and remembering those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
“Their names should always be spoken with reverence and admiration. Not because they sought such attention and praise, but because they earned it. They were and are part of a noble profession,” said Biloxi police chief, John Miller.
Family members of the fallen were recognized and presented roses. Emery Wilson's loved ones say they still miss him every day. Wilson was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1970 at the age of 29.
“It was very tough growing up not having a father figure. I always wondered what my life would be like if he was alive today,” said his daughter, Jerri Wilson Batia.
Sandy Meaut presented the department with St. Michael medallions and prayer cards.
“I just hope this little token will help keep you safe every day as you protect our community.”
Similar police memorial services are being held throughout South Mississippi the week. Gulfport will host its ceremony Friday morning at nine o'clock outside police headquarters.