Picayune Police honor fallen officers

Published 4:07 pm Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Fallen officers were honored at the annual National Police Memorial Week ceremony on Tuesday while exceptional officers were recognized for their service.

While the whole week is designated as National Police Memorial Week, May 15 is designated as the official day to honor those officers, said Capt. Holly Krantz.

Many officers were honored for their work and dedication to the department and the community.

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To remember those officers who died the department took a moment of silence. Fallen officers of the Picayune Police Department are Edmond “Buck” McGehee, Roy Albin, Paul Acker, Jay Creel and Delores Favre.

Chief Jim Luke said there have been a number of officers state-wide who gave all upholding the law last year.

“There’s been many officers who have lost their lives standing on that blue line,” Luke said.

He said those officers work to uphold the law to ensure criminals do not commit crimes or introduce drugs into the community and made mention that Picayune’s department is one of 13 nationwide with national accreditation.

The event then honored current officers who have shown dedication to their jobs in the past year.

Explorer of the year went to Katherine Bochu, Volunteer of the Year/ Senior Patrol President’s Award went to E.J. Farve, Civilian of the Year went to Daniel Quave, Part-Time Officer of the Year went to James Jones, Rookie of the Year went to Scott Wagner, Officer of the Quarter went to Charles Esque and the Award of Dedication went to Suzanne Cooper.

Krantz recognized detectives under her command for their hard work in helping to solve in 48 hours or less the cases that came through their doors. Those investigators are Charles Esque, Mike Odom, Jeremy Magrie, Lane Pittman, Constance Myers and Thomas Clark.

She also honored Lt. Abraham Villa, Patrolman Scott Wagner, Deputy Chief David Ervin and Investigator Lane Pittman honored for working on the kidnapping case.

Sgt. Chris Robbins received the Award of Accommodation.

Three promotions were awarded Tuesday to Patrolmen Josh English, Scott Wagner and Michael Petree, all from Patrolman to Patrolman First Class.