Honoring the fallen during 2022 Police Week

Published 2:00 pm Saturday, May 14, 2022

Warriors of the Badge, founded by Vicki Moak of Lincoln County, decorated Fosters Cabin and a portion of Railroad Park in Brookhaven this week in observance of the 2022 Police Week.

Police Week honors fallen officers from the previous year.

Mississippi’s fallen officers are among 619 officers whose legacies will be honored during Police Week ceremonies at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., and various ceremonies from May 15-21.

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“These officers, who are truly hometown heroes, are strongholds in our communities, and the loss of any officer is deeply felt by all.  This Police Week, we honor and mourn five heroes from Mississippi—officers who died in the line of duty in 2021,” said Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, of Brookhaven.  “To the families and loved ones of our fallen Mississippi law enforcement officers, I know you have faced enormous loss.  It is said, ‘The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.’   Please know that it is my prayer that the Lord stays near you during your time of grief.  God bless you, and God bless our men and women in blue.”

Those fallen officers who gave their lives in 2021 include:  Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol Trooper John Martin Harris; Jefferson Davis County Deputy Sheriff Thomas Patrick “Pat” Barnes; Hancock County Lieutenant Michael Anthony Boutte Sr.; George County Deputy Sheriff Bobby Daffin; and Hinds County Sheriff Lee D. Vance. In addition, Deputy Town Marshal Walker Cobb of Saucier, who was fatally shot in 1903, in the line of duty, will be honored.

Moak and Warriors of the Badge volunteers ask citizens to display flags, ribbons, or blue lights as a sign of support for law enforcement officers everywhere.