Jackie Abercrombie Junior was a Meridian Police Officer who died of cancer in 2006. He was the range master for the Meridian Police Department and was responsible for overseeing their shooting training. Saturday Meridian's Shooting club and others remembered his work and dedication to his fellow officers with a shooting competition.
The shooting competition was intense. Participants concentrated on their goal, while remembering a former Meridian Police Officer.
Jackie G. Abercrombie Junior worked for the Meridian Police Department for 21 years. And during those years he dedicated a good deal of time to shooting training.
"Jackie was the range master out here at the P.D. He qualified all of the police officers and helped with their training," describes LeAnn Abercrombie.
When Jackie first started, he worked out of a small office. But his wife, LeAnn Abercrombie says Jackie, fellow officers and other friends helped to expand the training facility.
"Jackie and friends, and P.D. workers and city of Meridian workers came out and volunteered time and did a lot of work to the range. And now we have one of the best shooting facilities in the state."
Jackie was diagnosed with lymphoma. He went through chemotherapy and radiation that wasn't working. Eventually he got an infection and passed away. Members of Meridian's Shooting Club like Eric Johnson came to shoot and to honor Jackie.
"Well we came out because this is a great cause. We came out to raise money for the police benevolent fund. And for all the guys out here and the camaraderie. It would be a shame to come out here and not shoot. We all love to shoot," says Eric Johnson.
Craig McFall is the President of the Meridian Shooting Club. He realized how fortunate the club is to be a part of such a good cause.
"Really our shooting club is very thankful to be out here and be allowed to shoot out here on Homeland Security place and everything. We enjoy shooting and the fundraising part is the least we can do, you know what I mean. We've got a fallen comrade that we can donate the money on his behalf to some of the guys who really need the money," says Craig McFall.
Saturday was the final day of the shooting competition. David Taylor is the first place winner in the 'Precision Rifle' Category. Keith McCary is the first place winner in the 'Hunting Rifle' Category.