Attorney General Jim Hood Partners With Police Chiefs for Seventh Annual Fallen Officers Candlelight Vigil

May 11, 2017

The seventh annual Mississippi Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Candlelight Vigil will be held Tuesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Statewide Fallen Officers Memorial in Jackson.

Attorney General Jim Hood will join the Mississippi Chiefs of Police in hosting the ceremony, which coincides with National Police Week, to honor the men and women our state has lost in their service to protect us.

“We always know law enforcement are there to help us in times of trouble,” said General Hood. “Sadly, we forever feel the loss and emptiness of those officers those brave souls who died in the line of duty.”

The following names of five fallen Mississippi law enforcement officers have been added to the wall this year:

  • M. Millstead           4/17/1920          Richton Town Marshal
  • William L. Dunnam     4/1/1921           Richton Town Marshal
  • John R. Harris            7/18/1922         Hinds County S.O.
  • Clarence J. Lanier      8/11/1930         Warren County S.O.
  • James Lee Tartt         2/20/2016         MS Bureau of Narcotics

“Having been a police officer and chief, I know all too well the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform make every day,” said Ken Winter, Executive Director of the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police. “Our candlelight vigil is a solemn reminder of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice with their life. Join us at the vigil to show surviving family and officers that we’ll never forget.”

General Hood is the keynote speaker for the event.

Law enforcement agencies statewide and members of the public, along with family and friends of any Mississippi law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty, are invited to join officers from the Mississippi Chiefs of Police Association and the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office at the event.

WHAT: Mississippi Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Candlelight Vigil

WHERE: Mississippi Statewide Fallen Officers Memorial, Jackson (located off of High Street between the Walter Sillers and Gartin Justice Buildings)
** In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the lobby of the Walter Sillers Building.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m.

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