Back the Blue Breakfast celebrates law enforcement with lunch

Event born out of the tragic murders of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge in 2016 takes on new life in the wake of the death of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen.

Back the Blue Breakfast celebrates law enforcement with lunch

BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - Steve Gunn organized Back the Blue Breakfast to help communities in Texas and Louisiana heal after tragedy struck three years ago. The killing of police officers in those cities sparked outcry not unlike what happened in Biloxi after the senseless murder of Robert McKeithen.

Back the Blue Breakfast celebrates law enforcement with lunch
Back the Blue Breakfast celebrates law enforcement with lunch (Source: Photo WLOX)

When Gunn got word of the slain officer in Biloxi, he and his team got back to work.

“I decided to show our local law enforcement that we stand behind them as a community," Gunn said. "So, I started doing breakfasts, and it kind of grew into lunches. So I think we need to stand behind our law enforcement and let them know that we’re here for them.”

National Police Week takes place each year as a result of a proclamation by President John F, Kennedy in 1962. It is celebrated during the week of May 15, otherwise known as Peace Officers Memorial day. Despite the fact that National Police Week is celebrated this week, Gunn said this event is really one that could be held any time of the year.

“These guys don’t make a lot of money, and they do this for the love of their community, not for money. Those of us in the community, they would help a stranger, a lot of us wouldn’t help a stranger," Gunn said. "These guys do. They put their lives on the line every single day to help us.”

Back the Blue Breakfast celebrates law enforcement with lunch
Back the Blue Breakfast celebrates law enforcement with lunch (Source: Photo WLOX)

The event Friday, and others that have taken place all week, really hit home with Investigator Cara Muirhead.

“It brings joy to us, to know that we have such a great community that supports us in a time of need," Muirhead said. "Our community watches over us and know that the job that we do on a daily basis, they support us in all that we do.”

Back the Blue Breakfast celebrates law enforcement with lunch
Back the Blue Breakfast celebrates law enforcement with lunch (Source: Photo WLOX)

Support from the community that makes Officer Todd Stewart proud to call Biloxi home.

“We love being part of this community," Stewart said. "I’ve worked in a lot of different areas, I’m retired military, so I’ve been to a lot of communities. This is probably the best community that I’ve ever been a part of.”

While this year’s event was planned nearly two months ago, Gunn said that the event is usually three years in the making and will continue for years to come.

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