A Police memorial luncheon was held at the Trade Mart building on the fairgrounds Tuesday noon. It followed a service honoring fallen officers at Jackson police headquarters.
Officers killed in the line of duty were remembered as their families placed roses at the foot of the memorial. Among them the widow of Officer Thomas Catchings who was killed by a fleeing carjacker in 2005.
Catching's widow says, "They really put their lives on the line for us and we don't even realize."
There was a standing ovation for fallen Pearl police officer Mike Walter at the 7th Annual Mississippi Center for Police and Sheriff's Memorial and appreciation luncheon.
Officer Walter's widow was in attendance at the event where the top cop award was given to the best men and women in blue from city, county, state and federal jurisdictions.
Sergeant Martin Mann from Brandon says, "It's a great honor considering all the guys we have at the police department. most of those guys could be worthy of the same award. I work for a great department."
Jackson's top cop, Corporal Willie Allen. It was Allen whose investigative skills helped saved the life of 7 month old Robert Carter Junior last year. The infant left abandoned in the Terry home, where his parents were murdered.
"I'm very grateful and I'm proud for the baby and I'm sorry that happened to his parents and all that down there and the ones that done it I hope they get what they got coming to them," says Allen.
Guntown police officer Bobby Joe Buse, honored for his work in helping capture FBI top ten fugitive Adam Mayes last week.
Two Mississippi officers are included in the list of 166 officers who died in the line of duty nationwide in 2011. During the "Police Appreciation and Memorial Luncheon," Madison Police Department Senior Patrol Officer Jimmy Brooks, Sr. was honored. Brooks was killed on March 23, 2011 in a motorcycle accident.
Grenada Police Department Captain John Wayne Haddock was recognized as well. Haddock was intentionally struck on I-55 on October 7, 2011. Haddock was putting placing stop sticks out to end the pursuit of a vehicle traveling more than 100 miles per hour