Friday, May 18, 2012
MDWFP to Host Fallen Officers Dedication & Memorial Service
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) hosted the Fallen Officers Dedication & Memorial Service Thursday at the Jackson Office.
The service acknowledged the sacrifices made by the agency's 10 conservation officers who died in service to the agency, dating back to 1948. It also served as the official dedication of a memorial erected in 2007.
Dignitaries and invited guests included families of the officers and Governor Phil Bryant, who delivered the keynote address and along with Mrs. Bryant, participated in the Laying of the Wreath.
"As a former law enforcement officer, I have a very special place in my heart for the individuals that made the ultimate sacrifice," Gov. Bryant said. "I'm proud to be a part of this ceremony."
The event coincided with 2012 National Police Week.
"I want the families of these officers to know we remember their fathers and sons, husbands and brothers every day," said Dr. Sam Polles, executive director of MDWFP. "They are and always will be a part of our family."
Conservation officers patrol and protect Mississippi's vast waterways and hunting areas. They also assist other law enforcement agencies in the capture of FBI fugitives, a task they accomplished last week.
Such heroism, though, comes with risks.
"This event is important because it honors officers we have lost protecting the people and resources of our state. We will never forget their work ethic, dedication and courage," said Col. Steve Adcock, chief of Law Enforcement Bureau.