MPD Honors Fallen Officers

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The week of May 15-21 is set aside as National Peace Officers Memorial Week.

More than 17,000 fallen peace officers are listed on the National Law Enforcement Officers memorial in Washington, D.C.

In 2004, Deputy Robert Goodwin of the Clarke County Sheriff's Department, south of Meridian, made that ultimate sacrifice.

The city of Meridian Wednesday honored four of its own fallen police officers. The most recent was Officer Alma Walters on Dec. 28, 1985. She was murdered after responding to a domestic violence call.

"I don't think you could ever put a price or even describe in words what an officer giving his life for an ideal really is," said Judge Frank Coleman of Lauderdale County's youth court. "To know that an officer somewhere died protecting the ideals of freedom, the protection of the innocent, for a stranger, somebody he doesn't know."

In Meridian's history, three other police officers died in the line of duty:

Patrolman James Madison Collins
Sunday, October 28, 1888

Patrolman Eugene L. White
Thursday, May 21, 1908

Patrolman James H. Culpepper
Monday, October 10, 1910