BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Jerry, Jo, and Willa Dean Hisaw know what if feels like to lose a loved-one.
Their relative, 27-year-old Deputy Sheriff Michael Dale Hisaw, was killed in the line of duty.
"You just don't think about when you get up that before the day is gone, he's gonna be gone," said Jo Hisaw, the officer's mother.
Deputy Hisaw was responding to a disturbance near Jumpertown when he was shot by Kirby Brown.
A short time later, Brown would commit suicide.
This family remembers a son determined to go into law enforcement.
"It did cost him his life, but he was doing what he loved to do and he wouldn't have it any other way," said Jerry Hisaw, his father.
"The lost of Michael Hisaw on March 11, 1999 was an example of how we never know what to expect when we go on duty," said Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar.
A memorial ceremony was held on the grounds of the Prentiss County Justice Center Tuesday morning.
It included the planting of a Magnolia Tree.
"They just show so much respect for Michael. That really helps our feelings," said Willa Dean Hisaw, his grandmother.
"It really shows a lot of respect and we really, really appreciate it," Jerry Hisaw added.
It's the memorials inside and out that will serve as reminders of a man who made his family and colleagues proud.