AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) - On Saturday, people in Amory remembered a Monroe County deputy who was killed in the line of duty.
"Everybody loved Dylan," Dylan's mom Debbie Pearson said. "It's all about Dylan, he left a legacy that will live on forever."
To show appreciation to Dylan, Pearson held the M17 pageant. Where you could see crowns and gowns, there was a bigger mission for the contestants other than winning a crown.
"How much of a family our whole community is," one contestant said. "Not just Amory itself but the whole county. We all come together for a certain individual."
The pageant is a way to honor the memory of Dylan Pickle who died at age 24. Pickles' call sign for the Monroe County Sheriff was M17, hence the pageant name.
"Dylan had a huge heart, he was all about giving, and helping the elderly," Pearson said. "After he passed away I had people contact me. Things that he would do to help others, he was so humble."
It's those qualities Dylan shared that introduced the spirit of the M17 award, which is Pearson's favorite award because the winner of this award is someone who likes to serve the community as her son did.
"I want people to help others," Pearson said. "No matter what it is."
The funds raised from the pageant will go to a scholarship fund to help pay for someone to attend the Law Enforcement Training Academy.