PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (WTOK) - The death of 23-year-old Philadelphia police officer, Leann Simpson, has devastated this close-knit community. Philadelphia Police Chief Grant Myers says the loss has been hard on the entire community.
Officer Leann Simpson (Source: Philadelphia Police Dept.)
"Police and firemen and the EMS were all on the scene and at the end of the day, we're all one family. So it's tough not only on my department but other agencies as well," says Chief Myers.
Officer Simpson was responding to check on the welfare of a sheriff's deputy who was not answering calls from communications officers when her patrol car flipped over several times and slammed into a light pole on West Beacon Street.
Officer Simpson’s family and the city have received condolences from across the country.
"We know it's tough, but if there's one thing Officer Simpson would want would be for the other officers to push forward," says Chief Myers.
Chief Myers says Simpson was a trustworthy and solid police officer and was always the first to volunteer within the community, especially with kids.
"She’s going to be missed. Those are some shoes that won't be filled,” says Chief Myers.
Simpson graduated from Neshoba Central High School in 2014 and majored in criminal justice. Simpson also worked in fire control repair as a member of the U.S. Army. She had only been on the job for 15 months.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at John E. Stephens Chapel in Philadelphia. No visitation will be held Friday. The funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Isaac Cemetery.