JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The 9th annual fallen officer candlelight vigil took place in Downtown Jackson, Wednesday.
“Every year, we come up to this memorial service to honor our fallen. As you know, on the coast, Officer Robert McKeithen being murdered, it’s especially close to home this year,” said Chief Leonard Papania of Gulfport.
He was one of many law enforcement officers attending the fallen officer vigil.
Six new names will be added to the granite wall, one of which is Officer McKeithen.
“Especially on the coast, with what we’re going through, the way we get through that is how our community embraces us,” said the chief.
The vigil included a candle-lighting, music and a speech from Attorney General Jim Hood.
Papania said whenever an officer is lost in the line of duty, it’s the community that helps them heal.
“The family of law enforcement is close but it’s not functional without the community it serves,” said Papania.