After 27 years in law enforcement as an officer with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Sgt. Jerome Jackson is parking his patrol car.
The Highway Patrol and the Kemper County community surprised Jackson with a retirement banquet and celebration over the weekend.
"I was really shocked. I was really surprised myself," said Jackson.
"They tried to keep everything quiet. It's the first time the highway patrol ever kept anything quiet."
Family, friends and other law enforcement officers packed the cafeteria at Kemper County High School and told stories about the man.
"Having known Sgt. Jackson, he's a good person," said Troop H commander, Capt. Jon Howard. "He's always done a good job.
His dedication and loyalty stands head and shoulders above a lot of others."
"He's always shown that first of all he was a man of God, that he was a professional law enforcement officer," said Col. L.M. Claiborne, state commander of Mississippi's Highway Patrol. "And what I deem to be a professional law enforcement officer is someone first of all that enforces the law. Jerome is a person with unique ability when dealing with people. He always could talk a situation down."
While everyone seemed happy for Sgt. Jackson, they were also sad to see him go and say he will be missed.
"The job he provided offering safety and service to the community, it's going to be a tremendous gap," said Master Sgt. Eddie Michael.
Sgt. Jackson said he will miss some things as well. The brotherhood, the camaraderie, and meeting people every day and helping people with their problems.