Hancock County Remembers Fallen Peace Officers

It was a solemn ceremony for fallen heroes. Hancock county's top law enforcement leaders laid a wreath next to a monument to those officers from the county who died while protecting and service the community.

State Trooper Paul Denham was one of those who gave his life in the line of duty.

"Paul loved this community he loved the people. If there is one thing that could have been said about Paul was that he cared and to know that the community cared back he would have been very proud," Denham's mother, Teresa Spradley, said.

"It's known that every 57 hours an American police officer will be killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States," District Three Supervisor Lisa Cowand.

"Thank God Waveland doesn't have a name on that monument, but every day that goes by it gets closer and closer we're having a lot more incidents with guns. People you stop want to shoot people," Waveland Police Chief Jimmy Varnell said

The law enforcers and leaders want every citizen take time this week to show police officers how much they mean to them. They all know that whenever a man or woman puts on a badge, they may have to make the ultimate sacrifice for their community.

"The community things is changing fast things can happen, and this is proof here with names on this monument that officers are not guaranteed to go home after their shift," Hancock County Sheriff Steve Garber said.

By Al Showers