Mayor reacts to Philadelphia officer death

Published: Nov. 24, 2018 at 8:40 PM CST
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Mayor James Young says the city of Philadelphia is grieving the loss of Officer Leann Simpson.

"She loved being a police officer. I think that is the most heartbreaking thing about it,” says Young.

Officials say 23-year-old Simpson was on her way to assist the Neshoba County Sheriff's Department at a traffic stop when she lost control of her patrol car, hitting a light pole and flipping several times.

"Streets were wet. When you get wet streets and a little speed sometimes you lose it. Apparently that's what happened to her. She just lost control of the vehicle,” says Young.

This accident is not only affecting the police department, but the city entirely.

"We are going to miss her. We are going to miss her presence and her love for this job. My officers and fire department are all like family to me. I feel like I lost a part of my family this morning," Young says. "It's going to stick for a while. We will try to move on and we will, but we will be moving on without a great person".

Simpson had been with the Philadelphia Police Department for 15 months and was a member of the United States Army.

The wreck happened on west Beacon Street near Beacon Street Baptist Church around 2:00 a.m. Saturday. The exact cause of this accident is still under investigation.

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