PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (WTOK) - Philadelphia police officer Leann Simpson was laid to rest Friday.
“I saw officers from North Mississippi all the way to the Coast and from the Mississippi River all the way to the Alabama line, all across the state they were here and it’s good we all came together to show our support for our fallen officer,” says Neshoba County Investigator Kevin Baysinger
Baysinger says burying a fellow officer takes an undeniable toll.
“It was heartbreaking. I had met Officer Simpson a few times and had worked with her on a few incidents. It really got emotional coming through town and the flag was draped over the road and all the people that came out and were standing on side of the road,” says Investigator Baysinger.
The 23 year old officer was responding to a request for an officer welfare check when she lost control of her patrol car, flipping several times, on west Beacon Street.
Not even the pouring rain could keep mourners from paying their respects- remembering Officer Simpson as the same on and off the job- kind and gracious.
“She was a very loving person. The times that i dealt with her- i know her from my work too and she was just always smiling. And you know she liked to pick and joke around but she was just always respectful and a very sweet person,” says Jennifer Bell.
Investigator Baysinger says the Sheriff’s Department and Police Department are like family. Together- they mourn.
“To the Philadelphia Police Department, it’s kind of our brother department, sister department. We’re here for them when they need us and they know that. Just a phone call away. And to Officer Simpson’s family, we’re here if you need us in any way,” says Investigator Baysinger.
Officer Simpson was also a Sergeant in the United States army. She is survived by her parents, brothers and sisters.