Dozens turn out to remember officers who have died in service

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Updated: 5/16/2013 8:57 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Local, state and federal law enforcement officials attended the 15th Annual Mississippi Fallen Officers Memorial Service at Tupelo's Fairpark Thursday evening.

The service is held each year to honor those men and women who lost their lives while serving in law enforcement.
                 
In all ,there were 98 names read aloud as family members who attended were given blue balloons to release in honor of their loved ones.
                 
Those in attendance included  the son of  the late State Trooper Steve Hood whose son read his name aloud.
                  
One member of the Lee County Sheriff's Department helped to organize the  event .
      
He says he also lost his son, who was an officer, in 1998.

"You always remember them", said Lee County Sheriff's Deputy John Harmon.  "Everybody says in time it will pass.  It don't.  You always will remember your loved ones.  And we put this on every year so the fallen officers families can have one day that they can be honored for their hero."

The program also featured a 21-gun salute to the fallen officers.  

State Attorney General Jim Hoode was also in attendance.
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