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Hundreds come out to celebrate life of Sheriff Lee Vance, thanking him for a job well done

Published: Aug. 14, 2021 at 10:37 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2021 at 3:41 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A giant in the law enforcement community was celebrated for his service and dedication to Mississippi.

On Saturday, hundreds poured into the Mississippi Coliseum to pay their respects to Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance, who was laid to rest.

The sheriff died from natural causes due to COVID. Vance was fully vaccinated.

The veteran officer had a profound impact on many people, and that was evident by the number of people who came from near and far to bid him farewell.

Many took to the podium to reflect on the fond memories they shared with Vance, and to express what he meant to them.

“He was my mentor, he was my boss, for many, many years, but above all else, he was my friend,” said Allen White, the interim sheriff at the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department.

”He is someone that loved his family, but he put God first,” said Captain Tyree Jones of the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department. ”He loved his community, and you will never ever see another person, another law enforcement leader, or any elected leader that exemplifies the passion that he did for the city of Jackson and Hinds County.”

“Each and every one of us can recall an experience we had with him,” said Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba. “We think about how he sowed a little bit of his personality into each and every one of us.”

Vance’s son also expressed his love and admiration for his dad.

”I never thought that I’d be up here speaking on my father’s behalf,” Lee Vance III expressed. “To be honest, I thought my father would outlive me because he felt like a superhero to me. He was the real superhero to me and my family.”

Vance was also a superhero to the state, his law enforcement family and his community who he served for more than 30 years, all celebrating his life and legacy.

“Would you celebrate God for giving us the opportunity of knowing one of the greatest men that you are ever going to know in your lifetime?” said Tony Yarber, former Jackson mayor who appointed Vance to be Jackson’s police chief in 2014. “I say it again, his name is Lee Dan Vance.”

A 21-gun salute and taps were performed following the home-going service. That ceremonial tribute was followed by Vance’s last radio call.

He was then taken to his final resting place, followed by family and escorted by law enforcement officers.

Vance worked at the Jackson Police Department for more than three decades, including serving as the Jackson police chief from 2014 to 2017. He was in his first term as the sheriff of Hinds County when he died.

Vance was 63 years old.

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